13 Apr '15, 8pm

US drone strike kills four in Taliban, al Qaeda haven

The US killed four fighters loyal to a jihadist commander who split from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan last year in a drone strike in South Waziristan yesterday. The airstrike took place the same day that al Qaeda’s regional branch announced the death of two senior commanders and noted that more than 50 of the jihadist group’s operatives have been killed since last summer. The CIA-operated, remotely piloted Predators or Reapers fired two missiles at a compound and a vehicle in the Shawal area of South Waziristan, killing four jihadists who “belonged to the ‘Sajna’ group,” Dawn reported . The “Sajna group” is led by Sajna Mehsud (also known as Khalid Mehsud or Said Khan), a Taliban commander who broke from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan alliance in May 2014. Sajna’s faction, which is also known as the Movement of the Taliban Mehsud, or the Movement of the...

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