Thursday, December 10, 2009

Breaking: High ranking Al Qaeda killed in drone attack

MSNBC reports that a top Al Qaeda official was killed in a drone attack in the south Waziristan province of Pakistan:

A high-ranking al-Qaida figure was killed Thursday in an attack by a drone aircraft in northwest Pakistan, U.S. officials told NBC News.

The officials did not identify who was killed, except to say that it was not al-Qaida’s supreme leader, Osama bin Laden. If the report is confirmed, it would be the first time coalition forces had killed a top al-Qaida figure in almost a year.

The officials said the killing was the result of stepped-up operations targeting al-Qaida leaders in recent weeks.
Apparently CBS has confirmed that it was not Ayman al-Zawahiri either.  Although U.S. officials confirm the attack was delivered by a Hellfire missile fired from a Predator drone, Chattahbox points out that

The news comes a day after the US Air Force confirmed for the first time that it is flying a new stealth unmanned aircraft the RQ-170 Sentinel, known as the ‘Beast of Kandahar,’ drone spotted in photos and still shrouded in secrecy.
Beast of Kandahar.  I like it.

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