26 Dec '14, 5pm

US targets emir of Punjabi Taliban in pair of drone strikes in North Waziristan

Asmatullah Muawiya (center), from a March 2013 video. Osama bin Laden is to Muawiya's left, and Rasheed Ghazi, the slain leader of the Lal Masjid , is to his right. Image from the SITE Intelligence Group. The US targeted a dual-hatted Pakistani Taliban leader and al Qaeda commander in one of two drone strikes that took place today in Pakistan's jihadist haven of North Waziristan. The CIA-operated, remotely piloted Predators or Reapers launched two airstrikes in the Shawal area of North Waziristan, killing nine people, including four "foreigners," a term used to describe members of al Qaeda or other foreign jihadist groups, The New York Times reported . The Shawal Valley is a known haven for a host of jihadist groups, including al Qaeda and a multitude of Pakistani Taliban groups. The first strike targeted a vehicle as it traveled in the Shawal area, killing four "Uzbeks," ...

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