The US killed a senior al Qaeda military commander during a recent drone strike in Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan.
Sheikh Yasin Al Kuwaiti, who was killed in a US drone strike on Jan. 8, was a “key al Qaeda paramilitary commander” who was “very high up the food chain,” a US intelligence official who tracks the terror group in Pakistan’s tribal areas told The Long War Journal. Sheikh Yasin was a top commander and trainer for the Lashkar al Zil, or Shadow Army, al Qaeda’s military cadre.
Sheikh Yasin, a Kuwaiti citizen, was “married [to] the daughter of a local tribesman,” according to Dawn. Al Qaeda commanders and fighters have lived in Pakistan’s tribal agencies for decades, and often marry locally to cement ties to the Taliban and the tribes.