Drone strike kills senior al Qaeda leader in South Waziristan

Published: December 1, 2012

Drone targets house, vehicle in the Sheen Warsak area near Wana. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

WANA: Three people including a senior al Qaeda leader were killed in a drone strike in the Ghwa Khwa area in Wana area of South Waziristan on Saturday. The area is located near Wana.

An official of the security forces from the area confirmed that around 19 kilometers south-west of Wana, foreign fighter Abdur Rahman Yamani was in his house when a US drone fired two missiles and killed him.

The official added that militants from the nearby areas rushed to the site and surrounded the areas after the assault.

Sources confirmed that a drone had also targeted a vehicle close to the house.

An earlier drone strike in the Lawa Kanda area of South Waziristan had killed two militants.

There were at least three drone attacks in the Miranshah area of North Waziristan in October. On October 11, 18 insurgents, most reportedly Afghans, were killed in a drone strike in the nearby tribal region of Orakzai in the deadliest attack in more than a year.

On October 24, a US drone fired two missiles at a suspected militant compound in Miranshah, killing three people, security officials had said. Locals had said three cows, apparently meant for sacrifice on Eidul Azha, were also killed in the attack.

Covert US attacks are unpopular in Pakistan. The government slams them as a violation of sovereignty, but American officials believe they are a vital weapon against militants.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • Faisal Khan
    Dec 1, 2012 - 6:26PM

    Now jump with joy liberals at the sound of death :D

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  • Sharif
    Dec 1, 2012 - 6:39PM

    What a waste of these expensive drones! Just three terrorists for a million $ launch! Shame on you USA!

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  • Jat
    Dec 1, 2012 - 6:47PM

    Good or bad, assets or liabilities. yours or theirs ? It seems Ms Khar has given full permission to the Americans to start banging again.

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  • Jat
    Dec 1, 2012 - 6:50PM

    Near Wana ? It seems Mullah Nazir and his freedom fighters are on the receiving end of some nice American loving.

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  • AnisAqeel
    Dec 1, 2012 - 7:22PM

    Thank you drone, keep cleaning up my beloved country. By the way what are these fanatic foreigners are doing in Pakistan!!! Jihad against Muslims of Pakistan!!!
    I want my Pakistan back as clean from terrorists as it was in fifties and sixties.

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  • Cautious
    Dec 1, 2012 - 7:34PM

    Covert US attacks are unpopular in
    Pakistan.

    Yeah – but on the other hand – catching OBL was unpopular as well.

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  • nathan
    Dec 1, 2012 - 7:36PM

    Well done. Good riddance not withstanding what IK may say

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  • voice
    Dec 1, 2012 - 7:53PM

    @AnisAqeel:
    make a generalized comment.

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  • FJ
    Dec 1, 2012 - 8:07PM

    That’s a good news!

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  • Imran Khan
    Dec 1, 2012 - 8:08PM

    @nathan:
    It is good mate, I support it. Good riddance. I don’t want to say anything in media yet, let Americans kill all Taliban before I can start my rule as first Cricket Captain PM. God speed Americans, true allies of Pakistan, me and my ex-wife Jemima’s prayers are with you.

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  • Zalim singh
    Dec 1, 2012 - 8:16PM

    Loss of an asset.

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  • Pessimist
    Dec 1, 2012 - 8:27PM

    I’m confident that had we negotiated with that leader and stopped the drone strike, he would have changed his career, would have gotten a Phd and make a big difference in this world. Alas….

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  • Ghalib
    Dec 1, 2012 - 9:36PM

    In other news. Pakistan-US relations have come back to normal again, says Ms Khar, foreign minister of Pakistan

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  • Cynical
    Dec 1, 2012 - 9:44PM

    @AnisAqeel

    ‘I want my Pakistan back as clean from terrorists as it was in fifties and sixties.’

    How about like it was in ‘twenties and thirties’? Terrorists were there in ‘fifties and sixties’ as well, but they were not called as such, and were mostly dealing with knives, swords and petrol bombs, no AK47, no IEDs, Grenades, so sad!

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  • Sharif Ali
    Dec 1, 2012 - 10:11PM

    This is good news we don’t want these scums of the earth on Pakistani soil. Let them go to Saudi where it all started.

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  • lovePak
    Dec 1, 2012 - 10:22PM

    And I am supposed to believe Americans when they say they kill a leader. How do they know it, did they go on the ground and check out who they killed, or are they just naming people from thin air. Or have they just hit innocent people and claimed they killed a terrorist like they did with Osama Bin Laden. Sick of these double standards.

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  • Cynical
    Dec 1, 2012 - 11:05PM

    @Faisal Khan
    @Sharif

    It’s better to be in ‘Drone’ age than being in ‘Stone’ age.

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  • Saleem
    Dec 1, 2012 - 11:51PM

    Good job. We should pray to hear good news like this every day. The country needs to be cleared of this scum. The scope of drone action should be extended to cover the entire country so these terrorists live in fear and taste their own medicine.

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  • Eric Kumar
    Dec 1, 2012 - 11:54PM

    @Sharif:
    These terrorist can not hide or run away now. That’s the beauty of technology. No personol involved. Some body sitting thousand ofmiles sitting in safety and security of remote somewhere,just push of buttons is able to kill evil. What do you want go after these terrorists with use of army,airforce and use sophisticated armaments and yet one is not sure if you will be succesful. Beside you can get your own people get killed. What would you do Sir . Please awnser me. sit at safety and security plus smoking cigar and drinking Coke and kill terrorist.

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  • neil
    Dec 2, 2012 - 1:17AM

    where is our national honour …..Ghairat …..anyone

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  • Yoghurt lover
    Dec 2, 2012 - 8:08AM

    Is Pakistani army not aware of the presence of these people?

    If so, are they passing on these intelligence to USA?

    If not, are they protecting these people from USA?

    Too many people are fighting too many wars for too many bigoted causes in too many places inside Pakistan.

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  • Yoghurt lover
    Dec 2, 2012 - 8:41AM

    @neil

    “where is our national honour …..Ghairat …..anyone”

    Half of your national honor died with Osama. The rest is safe in Swiss Bank.

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  • Enlightened
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:49AM

    Pakistan needs to remember US Secretary Hillary Clinton’s famous quote ‘You cannot keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbours’. Due to this decades old policy the country is suffering immensely but still not ready to abandon it. US with these drone attacks is not only pursuing its own objective but also helping Pakistan in its fight against terrorism who for some unexplained reasons is not fighting militants with all its might.

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  • socratese
    Dec 2, 2012 - 11:15AM

    While US is pursuing & eliminating terrorists in the nook and corner of the world to make its citizens safe but Pakistan is leaving its citizens at the mercy of merciless terrorists.We are worried more about the well being of extremist mullahs than our society and economy.

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  • lovePak
    Dec 2, 2012 - 2:24PM

    @Yoghurt Lover
    All your questions are answered if you consider the fact that these are lies that the people being killed are militants. According to a survey by Stanford and NYU, drones are only 2% accurate and every adult male is considered a “suspected militant”. In fact, you should see their classification of a terrorist camp which is disgraceful, they say if they see someone doing exercise or jumping jacks or something, they consider it a terrorist camp. There is no follow up investigation to confirm whether the dead are militants or innocent, they are burned beyond recognition. They’re firing indiscriminately only trying to avoid women and children as far as possible to steer away from scrutiny. These people are innocent!

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  • ali
    Dec 2, 2012 - 7:42PM

    this davils are damaging the name of islam, so each and every muslim’s duty is to find this davils,and finish them on spot so we can take islam in right direction.

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