Germans killed in drone strike identified

Published: October 29, 2010

Eight German al Qaeda men, who were killed in a drone strike in North Waziristan earlier this month, are identified. PHOTO: EPA

ISLAMABAD: Eight German al Qaeda men, who were killed in a drone strike in North Waziristan earlier this month, were among the several dozen European militants allegedly being trained in Pakistan’s tribal regions to strike in their home countries.

Officials here and locals from Mir Ali town, where these militants were based, said at least three out of eight had dual nationalities – Saudi Arabia and Turkey – but none were of Pakistan or Afghan origin.

Earlier reports suggested that all of them were of Turkish origin. According to estimates, around 150 ‘home-grown’ militants from Germany had joined al Qaeda in various parts of the world. Most of them are reportedly in Pak-Afghan border regions.

The drone hit them in Mosaki village, north-east of Mir Ali, while they were holding a crucial meeting inside a compound close to Masjid Bilal near District Headquarters Hospital of North Waziristan.

Among the killed militants, Brusely was the operations in-charge of Ittehad Jihadul Islami (Alliance for Islamic Jihad), an umbrella organisation under which all Europeans, or at least Germans, work. He was operating under the local name of Fayyaz. Gagreen Gill, a German of Turkish origin, was taking care of finances for European militants in the North Waziristan. His local name was Siraj. Milton Smith, whose local name was Jamal, was an expert in bomb making.

Wash (Mustafa) and Johnson (Wasal) had dual nationalities of Germany and Saudi Arabia.

Anderson (Waqas), Paterson (Shaheen) and Peterson Mckenzie (Usman) were also among those killed in the drone strike.

Information supplied by a Pakistani-German jihadi led to the United States predator drone attack in which these militants were killed.  An official said that the two missile strikes near the town of Mir Ali in the North Waziristan tribal area followed intelligence passed on by Rami Mackenzie, 27, during interrogation following his arrest in the middle of this year by Pakistani security officials in Bannu district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 29th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Scriptman
    Oct 29, 2010 - 9:52AM

    “Information supplied by a Pakistani-German jihadi led to the United States predator drone attack in which these militants were killed. ”

    So… this means that another militant tipped off intelligence as to their whereabouts? Recommend

  • mehsud
    Oct 29, 2010 - 10:48AM

    one can’t rely on such information because no official can approach the area under the control of Taliban. only after claim of Taliban we can compare both the statements those of government intelligence agencies and of Taliban about an event. one side information are not reliable. its impossible for the intelligence agencies to get accurate information about any incident in the Taliban controlled area. Recommend

  • Oct 29, 2010 - 4:46PM

    There is a single way leading to peace
    that is negotiation,
    sit around the table and accept right demands
    of each others,
    that is best solution,
    if you chose the other way which is leading to more bloodshed
    then as you like.Recommend

  • Karim Khan
    Oct 31, 2010 - 9:10AM

    Their origins were not German; they had dual nationalities, the German one coming much later, and they were not living in Germany but operating from the terror-harboring areas of Pakistan. The question is how can they rightfully be called German? Why not Afghans or Turks? Maybe a “European Terrorist” makes better headlines, no?Recommend

  • Wajit Haraami
    Nov 2, 2010 - 5:46AM

    Isn’t that a picture of an unarmed weather airplane? Are we supposed to believe that this thing kills people?Recommend

  • Kanishka
    Nov 26, 2010 - 1:00AM

    There is only one good export of Pakistan to India, those are KHANs.. We love them in India.. But then Khans are not Pakistani’s really :).. They are Afghans, hence Afghanistan happens to be much loved by the Indians…without KHANS pakistan is ZERO…..once Pakistanis stop poisoning young pathan children with hate for other religions in madrassas, Afghans will be back to the glory days and see many a Khans taking the global stage…. I love Pathans and Afghanistanis as a whole cause they are large hearted yet gullible and Pakistanis have used them to the hilt…Sad…Real SadRecommend

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