Jan 10, 2013 Comments Off spratico
The Long War Journal-The US launched yet another airstrike in Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan today, killing six “militants” in an area known to host al Qaeda and other foreign terror groups. The drone strike is the seventh this year.
The CIA-operated, remotely piloted Predators or the more deadly Reapers fired four missiles at compound and a motorcycle in the village of Hisokhel Khel near the town of Mir Ali, according to AFP. Pakistani officials claimed that six “militants” were killed in the attack.
The target of the strike has not been identified, and no senior Taliban or al Qaeda commanders have been reported killed at this time.
The US has now launched seven drone strikes in Pakistan this year. Four of the strikes have taken place in North Waziristan, and the other three in South Waziristan, another safe haven for al Qaeda, the Taliban, and other terror groups.
Four senior and mid-level al Qaeda and Taliban leaders are reported to have been killed in the seven strikes since the beginning of the New Year. the US killed Mullah Nazir, the leader of a Taliban group in South Waziristan who was closely allied with Bahadar, al Qaeda, and the Afghan Taliban, n a strike on Jan. 3. In a second strike on Jan. 3, the US killed Faisal Khan, commander in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan commander. In one of two strikes on Jan. 6, the US also killed Wali Mohammed, a Taliban commander who is said to have directed suicide operations for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. And, in one of the two strikes on Jan. 8, an al Qaeda leader known as Sheikh Yasin Al Kuwaiti is reported to have been killed.