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.
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