US drone strike kills another al Qaeda leader in North Waziristan

Published: December 9, 2012

The attack killed Mohammad Ahmed Almansoor and three others in a village close to Miranshah. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: A US drone attack killed a senior al Qaeda commander in Pakistan’s northwest on Sunday, military intelligence officials said, the second militant leader to be killed in strikes by the unmanned aircraft in three days.     

The attack killed Mohammad Ahmed Almansoor and three others in a village close to Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, near the Afghan border. Local sources told The Express Tribune that the three other people killed were Almansoor’s family members.

The drone fired missiles at a house with Almansoor inside, destroying two rooms and a car. Four drones were seen flying over the area during the attack, residents and government officials said.

The local sources added that Almansoor had been living in North Waziristan for a long time and used to wear the local dress.

An intelligence official told The Express Tribune that a foreigner was also reportedly killed in the attack, but his name and identity could not be ascertained as yet.

A similar attack on Thursday in North Waziristan had killed another senior al Qaeda commander, Abu Zaid, who replaced Abu Yahya al-Libi as one of the militant Islamist group’s most powerful figures, intelligence sources said.

A US drone attack also killed Libi in June.

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Reader Comments (33)

  • Clear Black Bag
    Dec 9, 2012 - 12:55PM

    “Casualty figures are difficult to obtain. A report commissioned by legal lobby group Reprieve in September estimated that between 474 to 881 civilians were among 2,562 to 3,325 people killed by drones in Pakistan between June 2004 and September 2012.”
    I am sure in US’ terms and thoughts all were the terrorists and shamefully how many innocent and sinless people shall be the killed by the drones’ strikes in the future and how long drones’ strikes shall be continued in Pakistan and how long Pakistani leaders shall protest and condemn verbally only?????

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  • Saleem
    Dec 9, 2012 - 2:08PM

    When will the drones start raining fire on terrorists in other parts of ‘land of the pure’ These taliban/alqaeda terrorists have only killed innocent people.

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  • xyz
    Dec 9, 2012 - 4:51PM

    it is now more than 300 attacks and still increase in Taliban and also terrorism. seems that drones are counter productive.

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  • Truth detector
    Dec 9, 2012 - 5:09PM

    Good, next turn… Al Abu bin ABCDEFGHIJKLAMNOPQRSTUVWXYZABCD……!!!

    @ET, please publish, it is meant to make a point.

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  • Usman
    Dec 9, 2012 - 5:51PM

    @Clear Black Bag:
    When the terrorist use their family members as shields this is what they should expect. The thing is what exactly was Mr. Mansoor doing in our Tribal Areas along with his family members.

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  • Hammad
    Dec 9, 2012 - 6:00PM

    @xyz:
    That was the best example of faulty logic. Terrorist attacks were rising uncontrollably before the drones started. Drones are a result of terrorist attacks, not the other way round. Stopping drones strikes will not stop terrorism. If there are no more terrorists, there will be no more drones. What you are saying amounts to this: Extra-judicial killing by Punjab police results in more people turning to crime. By the way, terrorist attacks have consistently dipped immediately following a rise in drone strikes. The graph is there in Anas Abbas’s article.

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  • Jadugar
    Dec 9, 2012 - 6:09PM

    Punjabi Taliban Watch out, You turn is next. Thanks to US for purifying the Land of Pure for its true inhabitants. Glory be to the Drones.

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  • faraz
    Dec 9, 2012 - 6:10PM

    @Truth detector

    Well said, Ladin wasn’t caught from Abbottabad, there is no Al-Qaida in Pakistan. It’s a CIA-RAW-MOSAD conspiracy against the fortress of Islam. Similarly, there is no terrorism; the blasts are a camera trick

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  • Shams
    Dec 9, 2012 - 6:24PM

    @xyz
    It’ll get worse before it gets better, the drones should keep flying, otherwise the Taliban will keep killing people with impunity. 40000 Pakistanis have died in terrorist attacks. At most you should even the score against these slaves of mullahs

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  • Dec 9, 2012 - 6:29PM

    It is doubtless to say,violation of country”s sovereignty and global law has been increased by the aggressor’s power.Nato drones are wondering on the sky exposing carelessness regading the independent sovereignty of the state.

    Some concerned quarter indicating that drones have hidden support from the inside so they are continued.
    But I am disagreed with this view,really Pakistan want stoppage of such attacks,because these are not only creating counterproductive but also these are no go to favoure of peace process which underway with full consent of the United States.

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  • Muhammad Ahsan KHAN
    Dec 9, 2012 - 6:47PM

    The drones are doing a bettern job than ISI.

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  • Muhammad Ahsan KHAN
    Dec 9, 2012 - 6:53PM

    Why the Pak Army does not use the drones to eliminate the enemies of thePakistan

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  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    Dec 9, 2012 - 6:58PM

    Terrorist central is called for nothing. US came to Afghanistan post 2001 to go after Al Qaeda. OBL (was found) and most Al Qaeda operative are in Pakistan. May be US invaded the wrong country? Hisotry will decide.

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  • Dec 9, 2012 - 8:03PM

    According to the reliable and indepedent sources,a meeting was held between American ambassidor and Pakistani prime minister.
    Pakistan repeated its stance,The ambassador assured the premier that he would convey the premier’s message to the president and expressed his hope no more attacks would be committed.

    But they have done.
    Pakistan’s sovereignty and global law they shamashed away.on the other hand,efforts of peace process has also been badly affected.Releasing of Taliban prisoners has lost their fruit.American designes in the region non understandable.Can such ally be dependable?

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  • Dec 9, 2012 - 8:20PM

    and urged alternative means to eliminate terrorists. U.S. officials have said the strikes are an important tool in defeating militants.

    To stop drones,impossible,
    American military expert and men of think tank understand that strike are an successful weapon in the hand of Nato combating forces,there is no alternative of drones.

    Pakistan repeatedly requested for other war technoly in place of drones but they refused to adopt describing drones a tool destroying militants.

    So they have decided to use it continuesly untill unless comprehensive victory.

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  • hasan ali
    Dec 9, 2012 - 8:30PM

    @faraz: @faraz: u nailed it faraz. These ppl jump Up and down in excitement every time there is a bombing in pakistan. Do not understand them. they are blind and its a camera trick for them. Inshallah sanity will prevail.

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  • Dec 9, 2012 - 8:49PM

    bombing in Pakistan has become routine nowadays. People don’t take it as an abnormal activity because they are used to it.

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  • Raj - USA
    Dec 9, 2012 - 8:52PM

    As far as the drone strikes are concerned verse 5:32 gives clear and unambiguous guidance. The verse clearly concludes that life of an innocent saved is equivalent to saving the entire humanity. Had these drone strikes started earlier and carried out more intensely, it would have saved the lives of more than 50,000 innocents in Pakistan, including 6,000 of its Army. However, the drone strikes have prevented terror attacks in USA and elsewhere and saved many innocent lives.

    We also know that a person is know by the company he keeps. If the drone strikes takes out any terrorist, we can come to a reasonable conclusion as to the others who chose to be in the company of the terrorist.

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  • Gen pasha retd
    Dec 9, 2012 - 9:20PM

    Mullahs are the enemies of Pakistan, all those that support them are agents of kfc and raw

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  • cautious
    Dec 9, 2012 - 9:23PM

    @Clear Black Bag

    am sure in US’ terms and thoughts all
    were the terrorists and shamefully how
    many innocent and sinless people shall
    be the killed by the drones’ strikes

    Mohammad Ahmed Almansoor was a bona fide bad guy – his location and identity were likely known to everyone in the village as well as Pakistani authorities. It’s not the USA fault that Pakistan allowed him de facto sanctuary – it’s not the USA fault that he lived comfortably within a Pakistani village for years – it’s not the USA fault that Pakistan won’t allow the USA to perform a land/special op to capture Almasoor. If you want drone strike to stop then encourage your govt to step up to the plate and eliminate their policy of providing sanctuary – take control of your territory and remove the terrorist who attack your neighbors and allies.

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  • Obaid Ullah
    Dec 9, 2012 - 9:53PM

    Wipe off these enemies of the masses with DRONES. Drone is an effective way to address the atrocities of these savages busy in killing spree throughout the country.Recommend

  • JOHN
    Dec 9, 2012 - 10:24PM

    We are amazed at how Pakistan is allowing another nation military to enter their space and kill there citizens…………………what is the use of a large army,nukes if you cant protect your area…………….we have a saying.”when we dont sit at our place then dogs will come and sit there”

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  • Enlightened
    Dec 9, 2012 - 10:50PM

    Drones are real friends of Pakistan who are eliminating shaitans from this country.

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  • yajsingh
    Dec 10, 2012 - 12:09AM

    Btw, did this Almansoor guy had a valid pakistani visa? or he just happen to be another drifter like OBL

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  • Super Star
    Dec 10, 2012 - 12:10AM

    Imran Khan will also have to use this method of “”negotiation”" when in power

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  • Dec 10, 2012 - 1:25AM

    Drones & Directed Energy Assaults are used for two purposes 1)mass murder 2) kill the will of man.

    Understand that the wholesale killing and torturing of people globally by the fbi/cia/pentagon, and their operatives is executed by any means available, including Drones, Directed Energy Weaponry, High Tech Chemical & Biological Assaults. The killers of this nation understand that mass murder is not enough to stop the adversaries; one must also break the will of man to defend his own country, his own life (& that of his family) and his own sanity. Total psychological surrender is required. Torture and the threat of torture are the new weaponry used by the United States Of America in order to once and for all control all mankind and all nations. The USA’s own combat veterans and patriots are also subject to the deadly assaults and torture. For more on torture see:strong text

    http://www.boell.org/downloads/Lingisontorture.pdf

    http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/hightechassau.html

    Early on in the efforts by the fbi to prevent me from reporting their crimes, the fbi notified me that they will break me:
    See broken toothpick message dated Feburary 8, 2002 at

    http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/updatejan5.html

    http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/part4-worldinabo.html

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  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    Dec 10, 2012 - 2:27AM

    @yajsingh:
    “he just happen to be another drifter like OBL”
    Read between the line. Drifters do not get such a high level treatment. Read the last few lines few times. Reminder Six Seal visited OBL on May 2nd 2011.

    By Syed Rashid Husain, 8th May, 2011 RIYADH: Interior Minister Rehman Malik handed over a message from President Asif Zardari to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

    The unscheduled visit and presence of the cream of Saudi leadership at the meeting between Mr Malik and King Abdullah set off a wave of speculations in Riyadh. Some observers saw the occasion as an aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s killing while some others linked it to, what they said, was an effort by Washington to reset its ties with Islamabad and Riyadh in the wake of the Arab uprising.
    The Saudi leaders who attended the meeting included Foreign Affairs Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal, Chief of General Intelligence Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, Secretary General of the National Security Council Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State and Commander of the National Guard Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Adviser to the King, Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim Al Ghadir.
    Mr Malik was accompanied by Ayaz Mohammad Khan, Pakistan’s charge d’ affaires in Riyadh.
    Some press reports over the past few days have indicated that Saudi Arabia and Turkey had tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to persuade Pakistan to hand over Osama bin Laden to the United States.
    http://dawn.com/2011/05/08/malik-gives-zardaris-message-to-saudi-king/

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  • Dec 10, 2012 - 5:58AM

    What percentage of the strikes are on Hakimullah Mahsud and the various commanders of the Tehreek E Taliban Pakistan? 5%? 10%? I could extract the figures if our government hadn’t blocked the longwarjournal website in Pakistan which keeps a tally of each drone strike in Pakistan and is the primary source of information about the terror war though largely… as it is seen from the American perspective.

    My point is these drone strikes, at the end of the day have no value for us… in fact are deadly for us. They killed Nek Mohammed when we had a peace deal with him and set the tribal areas on fire because next came Baitullah who is responsible for a lot of killing.

    Then the civilian casualties way to high. This is not helping us in anyway. We have completely differing objectives in the war.

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  • Clear Black Bag
    Dec 10, 2012 - 11:42AM

    @cautious:
    @Usman:
    In other words and indirectly you are allowing and this is permissible for you that to kill a terrorist killing of the other innocent and sinless people is licit,fair,rightful and allowed in your theory.And where in US’ constitution this is written that
    1-Only US’ can kill any one any where any time thru any means and manifestations by violating the any counties’ sovereignty and integrity without prior written permission,
    2-Only US has the full and final authority to kill the terrorists any where in the world and to maintain peace in the world but the ground realities are against the facts and where US went there only terrorism grew and increased and more and more innocent and sinless people killed by the US’ troops and terrorism increased instead of decreasing?

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  • Tahir Zain
    Dec 10, 2012 - 7:00PM

    its really very simple. If we cant clean our own house.. Then some one else will do the needful..

    Instead of taking out the hairy barbarians ourselves. We let em run riot all over the region.. of course other players in the region are not that benevolent..

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  • sabi
    Dec 11, 2012 - 1:08AM

    Most of these Abus this and abu that have never seen any foreign land nor they know a single word of arabic nor they have any look up of arab features.The trend is continueng among men and women having name like abu and um’e.These behroopiye,thugs in the guise of religion has fooled the people so easly.

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  • sabi
    Dec 11, 2012 - 1:11AM

    @Sultan Ahmed:
    Most of these Abus this and abu that have never seen any foreign land nor they know a single word of arabic nor they have any look up of arab features.The trend is continueng among men and women having name like abu and um’e.These behroopiye,thugs in the guise of religion has fooled the people so easly.

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  • sabi
    Dec 11, 2012 - 1:19AM

    @Sultan Ahmed:
    Pakistan’s sovereignty and global law they shamashed away.on the other hand,efforts of peace process has also been badly affected”
    Sovereignty is not a one way ticket.It is not the birth right of Pakistan to voilate sovreignity of other states,for example Afghanistan and expect others to respect Pakistan.I hope you will give due consideration and your pain will be relieved.Pakistan is pioneer in this field.What a courage!

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