Pakistani Taliban confirms death of al Qaeda leader Adnan Shukrijumah

Muhammad Khurasani, the spokesman for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, released a statement today that confirmed the death of Adnan Shukrijumah, al Qaeda’s operations chief for North America. The Pakistani military said that it killed Shukrijumah on Dec. 6 in a raid in Shin Warzak in the Taliban-controlled tribal agency of South Waziristan.

Below is a partial translation of Khurasani’s statement, which was emailed to The Long War Journal:

On Saturday, the 6th of December, the impure apostate Pakistani military martyred Sheikh Adnan Shukrijumah, an important al Qaeda leader, during a special operation in the Shin Warsak area of South Waziristan. Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return. Pakistani Army Chief Raheel Sharif declared this operation a success and congratulated the soldiers who participated in it.

In the full statement, Khurasani attacks the Pakistani military as a “satanic army” that “began targeting Islam and Muslims on day one after creation” of the Pakistani state from India during partition in 1947. The Pakistani military is merely part of the Indian Army, the mortal enemy of Muslims, Khurasani claims. He then threatens to avenge the actions of the Pakistani military.

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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  • Birbal Dhar says:

    Khurasani’s Pakistani Taliban and the Pakistani Army can kill each other until they don’t exist. They’re no different from each other, both support islamic terrorists !!

  • Guido says:

    Is this one a Pakistani military operation or a CIA suggestion? I mean, I noticed that the drones activities is decreased in the last months….
    Anyway: that is an important results in the War on Terrorism…

  • Matt says:

    Pakistan was waiting for the US too leave Afghanistan and then launched an offensive to push them out of NW into Afghanistan. It would have been more effective if we had worked together during the surge. The longer they left it the worse it has got.


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