Pakistani news channels are reporting that an Australian named Saifullah who served as a key aide to Osama bin Laden was killed in yesterday’s Predator airstrike on a “guesthouse” in Mir Ali that killed four “militants.” From KUNA:
Citing unnamed official sources, local news channel Dawn reported that militant commander Saifullah, who was close to Osama Bin Laden, was among four militants killed in a US drone strike in Mir Ali district of North Waziristan agency.
More on Saifullah from Xinhua, which described him as “a key supporter of Osama bin Laden”:
Saif Ullah, a 50-year-old Australian national, is believed to be a key leader of militants supporting al-Qaida. He is the second most important militant leader killed in U.S. drone strike in Pakistan since this year.
US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal would neither confirm nor deny that Saifullah was killed, but only said they were aware of the reports and were investigating.
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