The US is reported to have killed a “senior Arab commander” in a drone strike today in Pakistan’s Taliban-infested tribal agency of South Waziristan. The strike took place in an area where, less than two years ago, the US killed a Taliban commander who was supported by the Pakistani state.
Today’s drone strike took place in the Birmal area of South Waziristan, a known Taliban stronghold. The remotely piloted Predators or Reapers killed five jihadists, including one described by a villager as “a senior Arab commander,” in a strike on a compound, Reuters reported.
“The bodies were taken to an unknown location after the attack,” the news agency stated. A number of “foreign guests,” a reference to al Qaeda and other jihadist groups from outside of Pakistan, were meeting at the compound.
The Arab commander was identified as “Adil,” according to Dawn.
Additionally, Pakistani intelligence officials claimed that a Haqqani Network commander known as Abdullah Haqqani was also among those killed in the strike, Khaama Press reported. Abdullah is said to run suicide bombers into Afghanistan. The Haqqani Network is a Taliban subgroup that is closely allied with al Qaeda, and is also considered by the Pakistani government to be “good Taliban.”