US Claims to Kill al-Qaeda Leader in Drone Strike
But the attack in Waziristan never took place, says Pakistan
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2009 4:01 PM CST
A supporter of hardline Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami shouts during an anti-US rally in Peshawar, Pakistan on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
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(Newser) – A US drone has taken out an al-Qaeda commander that US officials describe as "top-ranking," reports NBC News. No name was released, though officials said that the strike in South Waziristan claimed four lives and injured four more—though Osama bin Laden was not among them. Officials cited stepped-up efforts against al-Qaeda in the area; for its part, Pakistan denied that the strike even took place.