Saudi ‘fighter’ reported killed in last drone strike

The News has reported that “a common Arab fighter” from Saudi Arabia was killed in the recent Predator airstrike in the town of Miramshah in North Waziristan, Pakistan, that broke the 55-day-long pause in the program. The Saudi was not named. From The News:

Tribal sources in Miramshah said the drone early Wednesday morning fired two missiles and pounded a mud-house at Kharmanai village, almost a kilometre east of Miramshah, where an Arab national reportedly hailing from Saudi Arabia lived along with his wife and a young son. The Arab national was killed in the attack while his wife and son survived miraculously.

“A guest from the holy land (Saudi Arabia) living in a ramshackle house was killed on the spot but his wife and a son staying in the same room survived,” a tribesman in Miramshah town said on the phone on condition of anonymity.

He said the wife and son of the Arab national sustained minor injuries. They were taken to a private health facility in Miramshah for treatment. He was a common Arab fighter and lived in the house where an Afghan refugee family resided earlier, tribal sources said.

While The News claimed that only one “foreigner” was killed in the strike, Pajhwok Afghan News reported that four “militants,” including three “Arabs” were killed in the strike. Again, the identities of those said to have been killed was not disclosed.

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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  • Paul D says:

    Saudis are a common enemy.
    Look at what gets taught in Saudi Mr Obama

  • mike merlo says:

    This sounds like ‘the ‘Arab’ was possibly assassinated at close range with the ‘explosion’ serving as a diversion.


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