Pakistan: US Drone Kills al-Qaeda No. 2
Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti replaced commander killed in June drone strike
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 9, 2012 10:03 AM CST
In this Jan. 31, 2010 file photo, an unmanned US Predator drone.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

(Newser) – A US drone strike has killed a senior al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border, Pakistani intelligence officials said, in the latest blow to the Islamic militant network. Sheik Khalid bin Abdel Rehman al-Hussainan, who was also known as Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, was killed when missiles slammed into a house Thursday near Mir Ali, one of the main towns in the North Waziristan tribal area, the officials said. Al-Kuwaiti appeared in many videos released by al-Qaeda's media wing, Al-Sahab, and was presented as a religious scholar for the group.

Earlier this year, he replaced Abu Yahya al-Libi, al-Qaeda's second in command, who was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan in June. Al-Kuwaiti appeared to be a less prominent figure and was not part of the State Department's list of most wanted terrorist suspects. Al-Kuwaiti's wife and daughter were wounded in Thursday's drone attack, according to the intelligence officials. His wife died a day later at a hospital. A Pakistani Taliban commander said that he met some Arab fighters yesterday who were "very aggrieved." The Arabs told him they lost a "big leader" in a drone strike.

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reallybig
Dec 10, 2012 7:19 PM CST
NEXT man up. --- The CIA drones kill only senior Al-Qaeda or Taliban leaders, or innocents? --- The CIA only kills the chiefs, and innocents, but they never seem to kill the regular Al-Qaeda or Taliban, or other terrorists. -- WHY? -- EVERYBODY in Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, and the other terrorists groups, must ALL be senior leaders. -- FACT -- It's hard to believe ANYTHING the CIA says, when they still can't tell Americans who killed the US Ambassador in Libya on 9-11-2012 -------- REALLY
tran_tor
Dec 10, 2012 8:35 AM CST
Future headline news - "US Intelligence confirm the kill of 5 year old terrorist mastermind Muhammad Hussain and his terrorist cell. His mother and grandmother (logistics), father (financial and materials acquisitions), and two siblings (strategy coordinators) were all killed in the blasts. There were less than 53 other non-terrorist casualties. The CIA decided Hussain was al-Queda #2 last week and President Obama approved the drone strike yesterday. 'We have a commitment to Americans to keep them safe at whatever cost, be it people we arbitrarily call terrorists, or the vast array of evil monsters living under every bed and in every closet in America' President Obama was quoted as saying. The President then announced by decree new absentia trials for the dead terrorist cells to 'round out the fully legal process we have for killing people around the world'. The trials will start next month in the new Hall of Justice being built in Guantanamo."
realtruth
Dec 10, 2012 7:25 AM CST
Yea.. I bet this doesn’t aggravate. Put us closer to war. Risk civilian and military lives Nearly as much as the Koran Burning of Terry Jones.