08 Sep '13, 8pm

3 al Qaeda operatives reported killed in recent drone strike in Pakistan

The Sept. 6 drone strike in Pakistan that may have killed Mullah Sangeen Zadran , the Haqqani Network commander who also serves as the shadow governor for Paktika province in Afghanistan, appears to have also killed three al Qaeda operatives. Immediately after the strike, Zubair al Muzi (likely al Masri, or the Egyptian) was named as one of those killed. The other two operatives have been identified by The Express Tribune as Abu Bilal al Khurasani and Abu Dujana al Khurasan; both are said to be from Jordan. The strike targeted an al Qaeda facility known as the "Nawab camp." A US intelligence official who tracks al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan told The Long War Journal that the Jordanians were "mid-level al Qaeda commanders." Al Musi has also been described as a mid-level commander in al Qaeda's Lashkar al Zil, or Shadow Army [see LWJ report, Mullah Sangeen Zadran, al ...

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