‘High profile’ Arab and Turk terrorists killed in Predator strikes

According to Adnkronos International, several “high profile” al Qaeda and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leaders were killed or wounded in the barrage of Predator strikes yesterday. No names have been released, however. And no word from my sources on this either, but this bears watching:

The strikes in Pakistan’s northwest near the Afghan border allegedly conducted by the CIA on Sunday killed high profile Arab and Turk militants, according to a source close to Adnkronos International (AKI).

A total of 12 suspected militants died in the three strikes, according to Paksitani officials.

Well placed security officials told AKI, on the condition of anonymity: “The drones struck a house and a vehicle in Doga Mada Khel Village of North Waziristan, which serves as the base for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.”

IMU is said to be very active in recruiting Turks and Uzbek militants living in Europe.

The militant group is believed to have recruited several Caucasians from Europe and brought them to North Waziristan for training before sending them back to Europe to carry out attacks in their home countries.

Sources within militant camps refused to reveal the identities of the militants allegedly killed in the drone strikes. But the unnamed sources disclosed that eight Arab nationals and three Turkish nationals were seriously injured in the attacks. Three of them were said to be in a critical condition.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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  • m3fd2002 says:

    Anytime they track and hit a target that uses a motorcycle from an assumed c3 location, there’s a good chance of getting a high-value-target.

  • Don Juice says:

    Wonder who we got

  • Mr T says:

    And where are they now? If they were criminal enough to get a bomb dropped on their head, they are criminal enough for someone to find the survivors and arrest them.
    I don’t think surviving a predator attack makes you a good citizen all of a sudden.

  • Nick says:

    Good, but not good enough… and not fast enough either. There should be a couple of drone strikes every DAY, not 1 or 2 every couple weeks.

  • jayc says:

    Agenzia Di Notizie Kronos is an Italian press agency whose International bureau features news mainly in Arab and English from the Arab world. They have their ears to the ground.
    Apparently, the ‘Ace Tomato Company’ continues to take umbrage at the IMU attempts to recruit and train individuals for terrorist strikes in Europe.
    It will be interesting to see if the Pakistani ISI will get more on board with this activity if the recent alleged demise by terrorist hands of operative Colonel Imam is borne out. Perhaps they already have?

  • crusader says:

    one thing is for certain a big fish like OBL is nothing without his small fish…
    if we kill all the small fish what would he be then? nothing…he is just a sissy on the run…
    more strikes and more collateral damage since no one wants to go up to the remote parts of northern pakistan close to china…he is up there somewhere

  • Nick says:

    Crusader, even if he is up there it will not matter since we can’t get him anyways! All your posturing is meaningless if we can’t prove it, and we can’t do anything about it!

  • crusader says:

    nick: if i can get enough people irritated by my theory then someone would at least look further to the north…
    you mean no spy/predator drone can go up there?
    what is it we cant do anything about?

  • Nick says:

    I don’t think China or the Pakistani authorities would like it. It would be played off as an incursion on sovereign territory by those damn Americans again.
    Besides, do you have any idea how mountainous and large that are really is????? I doubt they would find anything except families herding sheep.


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