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US drones struck in South Waziristan for the second time in three days, killing a Yemeni al Qaeda commander, according to reports from Pakistan. Two strikes have taken place in Pakistan’s tribal areas after an unusually long pause that lasted for 36 days.
The remotely-piloted Predators or the more deadly Reapers fired missiles at a car traveling in Shin Warzak near Wana in South Waziristan, according to Dawn. Three “militants,” including a Yemeni al Qaeda leader, were reported to have been killed in the strike.
The al Qaeda leader was identified as Abdul Rehman al Zaman Yemeni, and was described by The Express Tribune as “a senior al Qaeda leader.”
However, a US military intelligence official who tracks al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan told The Long War Journal that Abdul Rehman is a “mid-level al Qaeda commander, equivalent to a colonel.”
The strike is the second in Shin Warzak in three days. On Nov. 29, US drones killed three more terrorists, including a “foreigner,” in a drone attack. Pakistani newspapers have identified the foreign fighter as Sheikh Abdul Bari.
The US military intelligence official told The Long War Journal that Bari, like Abdul Rehman, is a mid-level al Qaeda commander who has operated in Pakistan’s tribal areas for some time. The intelligence official would not confirm the reports of the deaths of Bari and Abdul Rehman.