Kicking ass, taking names.
The US killed another al Qaeda commander in a drone strike in Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan today.
The remotely-piloted Predators or the more deadly Reapers fired several missiles at a compound in the village of Tapi near Miramshah in North Waziristan, according to Reuters. Four “militants, including an al Qaeda commander known as Mohammad Ahmed al Mansoor, were reported to have been killed in the attack.
Al Mansoor was a mid-level al Qaeda commander, US intelligence officials who are familiar with al Qaeda’s operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan told The Long War Journal. One intelligence official said that Al Mansoor was “one of many Pakistanis who are filling out leadership positions in al Qaeda.” Two other senior Pakistani al Qaeda leaders have been killed in US drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas so far this year.
Al Mansoor is the four mid-to-senior-level al Qaeda leader reported to have been killed in four drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas since Nov. 29. The most senior leader, Khalid bin Abdul Rahman al Husainan, a religious leader who is also known as a Abu Zeid al Kuwaiti, is reported to have been killed in a drone attack in North Waziristan on Dec. 6. Two mid-level al Qaeda military commanders, Abdul Rehman al Zaman Yemeni and Sheikh Abdul Bari, are reported to have been killed in airstrikes in South Waziristan on Dec. 1 and Nov. 29, respectively.