Al-Qaeda chief killed in CIA drone strike

2011-09-15 22:28

Washington - US officials say a top al-Qaeda operative was killed earlier this week in Pakistan's tribal areas, landing another blow against the besieged terrorist network.

The man killed was Abu Hafs al-Shahri, whom two US officials described as al-Qaeda's chief of operations in Pakistan. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to describe classified counterterrorist operations.

The officials say al-Shahri worked closely with the Pakistani Taliban to carry out attacks inside Pakistan, and was also a contender to assume some duties of al-Qaeda's second in command, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman.

Al-Rahman was killed by a CIA drone strike in late August, which is apparently how al-Shahri was also killed, though US officials refused to confirm the method since the drone programme is classified.

The killing was first reported by NBC News.

  • slg - 2011-09-16 00:43

    Nine out of Al-Quaeda's twenty commanders have been killed the past two months.

  • Verdade - 2011-09-16 01:49

    Many more to go...make the world a safer place!

  • Ingwe - 2011-09-16 03:39

    Another one bites the dust, these drone strikes are really hitting al-Qaeda and the Pakistan Taliban where it hurts. Well done and keep the pressure on them.

  • Cire - 2011-09-16 10:03

    Good stuff! Well done USA! One less terrorist to butcher and main innocent people. Live by the gun, die by the gun.

      daaivark - 2011-09-16 10:11

      "live by the gun, die by the gun".... fired by some other guy carrying... a gun. A vicious circle is it not?

      slg - 2011-09-18 19:03

      daaivark, yes but what do you do when a group of people have threatened you with violence and followed through with those threats?

  • IC1 - 2011-09-16 10:11

    USA, USA, USA viva USA

  • Benign - 2011-09-16 10:15

    Sweet music to my ears.Another radical hadgie pig bites the dust.

  • Mundu - 2011-09-16 16:31

    Man ! I could use a couple of those drones to remove a bunch of those ANC twats from a distance. Good shootin' USA! Keep up the good work.

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