Al Qaeda commander killed in US strike in North Waziristan


A US airstrike in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan killed an al Qaeda commander and a dozen members of the Islamic Jihad Group.

Abu Ahmed was among 16 people killed in the US strike earlier today in the town of Inzarabad near Mir Ali, according to Geo News.

Ahmed was an al Qaeda military commander who led fighters against NATO and Afghan forces across the border in Afghanistan, a US intelligence official told The Long War Journal. The majority of the 12 Islamic Jihad Group fighters killed are said to be from Turkey.

In the four airstrikes against insurgents in North Waziristan that have taken place since June 10, the US has killed three mid-level al Qaeda military commanders. A June 10 strike in the town of Norak in North Waziristan killed Sheikh Ihsanullah, an "Arab al Qaeda military commander," and Ibrahim, the commander of the Fursan-i-Mohammed Group. A Turkish foreign fighter was also killed in the attack. The deaths of Ihsanullah and Ibrahim were announced by the Taifatul Mansura Group, or the Victorious Sect, a transnational Turkish jihadist group that operates along the Afghan-Pakistani border.

The 12 insurgents killed today alongside the al Qaeda commander were from the Islamic Jihad Group (or Islamic Jihad Union), a splinter faction of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. The Islamic Jihad Group is based out of the Mir Ali region and maintains close ties with al Qaeda leader Abu Kasha al Iraqi and North Waziristan Taliban commander Hafiz Gul Bahadar. It is a Specially Designated Global Terrorist organization.

German and Turkish Muslims make up a significant portion of the Islamic Jihad Group. Its fighters are often referred to as German Taliban, and they carry out attacks in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Last year, the Islamic Jihad Group released video of 'German Taliban villages' in Waziristan. Its fighters were seen training at camps and conducting military operations.

German members of the Islamic Jihad Group have also been killed in combat inside Pakistan. Eric Breininger, a German man who converted to Islam, was killed while assaulting a Pakistani military outpost in North Waziristan on April 28. Three Uzbek fighters were also killed in the attack. Breininger was wanted for plotting attacks against US military bases and personnel in Germany.

Americans have also joined the Islamic Jihad Group. Over the past year, two American jihadists, Abu Ibrahim al Amriki and Sayfullah al Amriki, have been featured in propaganda released by the Islamic Jihad Group.

The Islamic Jihad Group has been the target of several US airstrikes in Pakistan's tribal areas. The US killed Najmuddin Jalolov, the leader of the Islamic Jihad Group, in a Predator airstrike in North Waziristan on Sept. 14, 2009.



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READER COMMENTS: "Al Qaeda commander killed in US strike in North Waziristan"

Posted by Zeissa at June 20, 2010 7:12 AM ET:

Turkey has never ceased to be Europe and other non-muslims' enemy. Ataturk's legacy could only hold down Islam for so long.

Posted by Zeissa at June 20, 2010 7:13 AM ET:

I might also mention 'German' muslims are descended or immigrated from quite a few nations, but the most numerous is Turkey.

Posted by Tyler at June 20, 2010 9:54 AM ET:

Take this with a fist full of rock salt, but check this out

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/news/330275,kills-lebanese-terrorist-pakistan.html

TWA 847 Hezbollah hijacker Mohammad Ali Hamadi killed in drone strike targeting Islamic Jihad Union?

What makes it interesting is that it provides some context as to why a notorious Lebanese Shi'ite terrorist would be fighting with Sunni jihadists in Pakistan. Namely that Hamadi spent 18 years in a German prison, and upon release may have hooked up with Islamic Jihad Union, which we know has many fighters recruited from Germany.

Not believing it yet, but...

Posted by kp at June 20, 2010 4:58 PM ET:

Ali Hamadi sounds like Al Ahmed, perhaps. Another "the source said with a strong Urdu accent and I mis-transcribed it" and someone jumped to another conclusion putting 2+2 to get 5.

This has happened before with Pakistani Intel sources being misheard in an oral briefing.

Another strike with tens of miles of Miram Shah. It seems that being in N Waziristan has improved our focus on looking for these guys.

Posted by mark at June 23, 2010 12:55 AM ET:

Ali Hamadi sounds like Al Ahmed, perhaps. Another "the source said with a strong Urdu accent and I mis-transcribed it" and someone jumped to another conclusion putting 2+2 to get 5.


This has happened before with Pakistani Intel sources being misheard in an oral briefing.


Another strike with tens of miles of Miram Shah. It seems that being in N Waziristan has improved our focus on looking for these guys.