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A US drone strike likely killed Pakistan's Al-Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri, in what would deal a major blow to the terror network a month after Osama bin Laden's death.
The 47-year-old is one of the most feared operational commanders of the network that bin Laden founded and has been blamed for a string of high-profile attacks on Western targets, as well as in India and Pakistan.
Anti-terrorism experts have long described Kashmiri as one of Al-Qaeda's main operational commanders. He reportedly escaped a US drone strike in North Waziristan in late 2009.
A drone attack on Sept. 7 appeared to have killed another prominent Islamic militant, Ilyas Kashmiri, who had been briefly detained in Pakistan for alleged involvement in a 2003 assassination attempt against then-Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. There is less certainty about his death, however.
Originally posted by syrinx high priest
this time it's his people that are claiming he is dead, the US is saying they aren't sure, and pakistan is saying, "huh, what happened ?"
A spokesman for Pakistan's umbrella Taliban faction said Kashmiri was "alive and safe", and had not been present at the time of the strike.
Friday's drone attack was the ninth reported in Pakistan's border area with Afghanistan since US commandos killed bin Laden in the garrison city of Abbottabad on May 2.
Originally posted by lokdog
Sounds like AQ has another job opening, all you America haters need to hurry up and get your applications in.