US drone strike kills senior al Qaeda commander: Tribal sources

Published: December 8, 2012

Abu Zaid killed along with 10 other people in North Waziristan.

PESHAWAR: A senior al Qaeda commander was killed in a US drone attack in North Waziristan, tribal sources said on Saturday.

Abu Zaid was killed, along with 10 other people, in the drone strike on a hideout in North Waziristan on Thursday, the sources said.

Zaid had just moved to the hideout a few days ago, they said.

Security officials based in North Waziristan said they were aware of the death of a senior al Qaeda commander but could not confirm his identity or rank.

Zaid replaced Abu Yahya al-Libi as one of al Qaeda’s most powerful figures in June after Libi was killed by a US drone strike.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Helix
    Dec 8, 2012 - 11:50AM

    Now the US can hold talks with Abu Zaid and there is a good chance that he will not object to any conditions. Silence is approval.

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  • Dec 8, 2012 - 12:02PM

    I see the negotiations with Taliban are going well.

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  • peaceeeeeeeeee
    Dec 8, 2012 - 12:06PM

    gr8 wrkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

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  • Mirza
    Dec 8, 2012 - 12:12PM

    One more bites the dust. After all there is natural justice for the killers of innocent Pakistanis.

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  • Enlightened
    Dec 8, 2012 - 1:24PM

    Drones are doing a better job than Pak army.

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  • True Picture
    Dec 8, 2012 - 1:37PM

    to this day we’ve only seen the body of Baithullah Mashud from a drone attack, if drones are so successful then why we didn’t get to see other dead bodies of al-qaeda or whatever the name is ??? we are only told- a “SOURCE” said this and this.

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  • umar
    Dec 8, 2012 - 1:43PM

    what the heck is he doing in my country….Government please establish your writ in the country. Please do away with any special concessions for these areas. Lets make peace with India and focus on economic development and trade.

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  • gp65
    Dec 8, 2012 - 2:01PM

    Baitullah Mehsud killed
    America is losing the war
    Yuldashev killed
    America is losing the war
    Al-Yazid killed
    America is losing the war
    OBL kiled
    America is losing the war
    Al Libi kiled
    America is losing the war
    Abu Zaid killed
    America is losing the war
    No terror attacks i US since 9/11
    America is losing the war

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  • Saleem
    Dec 8, 2012 - 2:14PM

    Excellent news. Thank you USA for doing the job that our government and army should have done.Recommend

  • cautious
    Dec 8, 2012 - 4:03PM

    He should have listened to OBL who suggest that drone attacks were too dangerous in Pakistan and to head back to Afghanistan.

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  • FJ
    Dec 8, 2012 - 4:17PM

    Good news on the weekend!

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  • Enlightened
    Dec 8, 2012 - 4:36PM

    @umar:
    I fully agree with you that Pakistan writ should run in this province but your military considers these terrorists as its strategic assets and have been postponing operations for the past two years. The same type of strategy was employed with Pak Taliban who have created havoc in Pakistan but still efforts are being made by your military to change their commanders who do not attack them and continue their barbarism elsewhere in the country. The day is not far when Taliban would be jointly carrying out attacks in Pakistan and prove this strategy as self-destructive. However, your civilian govt has already taken many steps to make peace with India which has been duly reciprocated by the latter. As such there is no external threat to Pakistan but internal threat is so grave that many leading defence analysts have predicted dooms day scenario for this country.

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  • Something Clever
    Dec 8, 2012 - 4:40PM

    @True Picture:
    hm. Could it be that militants take away the dead right after? Do you know what comes along with that fact? It means militants are in the immediate vicinity. Lets see you go and let them see you taking pictures. I’d bet anything you’d become the subject for a new ‘found footage’ horror film.

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  • Truth detector
    Dec 8, 2012 - 5:10PM

    One more senior AL Qaeda leader dead. Remaining left = 1/0 ( one divided by zero) !!!

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  • Arthur Zobo
    Dec 8, 2012 - 5:13PM

    Thank the Lord for these birds that destroy killers of humanity,What we can’t do the USA does for us.The prayers of thousands of victims of these marauders are with you.This is the only way forward.

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  • Jibran
    Dec 8, 2012 - 6:01PM

    @True Picture:
    Did you see the footage of the “innocents” the other day when you commented that drones kill “innocents”?

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  • Jibran
    Dec 8, 2012 - 6:03PM

    Can they direct a missile or two to the likes of Malik Ishaq, and Hafiz Saeed. Rid the menace completely.

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  • True Picture
    Dec 8, 2012 - 7:52PM

    @Something Clever:
    Mr not so clever, anyone could leak out the photos just the way Baitullah’s picture were leaked out, there weren’t any photographers invited to the funeral. Most of the victims are innocent families, the success rate is extremely low. They bomb wedding processions or funerals or they target a house with 50% intel. Most of the commentators over here are Indian trolls so I’m not surprised at all but its really pathetic to impersonate as a Pakistani & comment here.

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  • vasan
    Dec 8, 2012 - 7:58PM

    Now I understand why pak is so vociferous against these drone attacks. The violation of sovereignty is only a pretext. Loss of well trained strategic assets must be the real answer. One strike at Muridke will finish of the terrorists in punjab as well.

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  • Saleem
    Dec 8, 2012 - 8:36PM

    @vasan:
    You are absolutely right. The USA could use carpet bombing with daisy cutters to flatten the whole area but they are exercising reasonable caution. Inevitably there will be some civilian casualties. No one mourns the innocents killed when these terrorists carry out suicide or remote controlled bomb attacks.

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  • The Great Game
    Dec 8, 2012 - 8:44PM

    The Great Game to be continue….Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, South Asia, Middle East, Asia Pacific (2012-?)………….

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  • Dec 8, 2012 - 9:15PM

    We Pakistanis celebrate this news. Hats off to drone warriors.

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  • Super Star
    Dec 8, 2012 - 10:18PM

    good way to negotiate

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  • Arian
    Dec 8, 2012 - 11:37PM

    Hallelujah! I like it like that. Drone these Arab infidels and their cohorts and send them to their Hooris awaiting them in Firdous. Allahspeed.

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