The strike in the Shawal Valley is the third attack in the jihadist haven in the past three days.
Thirteen people are reported to have been killed in airstrikes in the Shawal Valley in South Waziristan. The area is a known transit point for fighters entering Afghanistan.
Abd al Aziz al Omari helped run Twitter accounts that are critical of the US drone program in Yemen.
The US has not launched a drone strike in South Waziristan since mid-April 2013.
US drones targeted AQAP fighters in Yemen’s southern Shabwa province for the second time in since Sept. 11.
“There is no need for such strikes,” Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, condemning the attack “as a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Influential jihadists said that Sufyan al Maghribi, a Moroccan who served as al Qaeda’s military chief in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Umar al Talib, a propagandist who narrated videos for As Sahab, have been killed in airstrikes.
Five AQAP fighters, including a Saudi and an individual who shares the nom de guerre of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s emir for Mahfad, are reported to have been killed in the first drone strike since mid-August.
The strike took place in the al Qaeda stronghold of Wadi Abida. In eastern Yemen, the military and AQAP have been battling for control of Hadramout province.
Four Uzbeks, two members of the Punjabi Taliban, and 10 “miitants” are said to have been killed in the pair of strikes.
Sarhan Abdullah Ali al Nasi, or Khishiman, was recruited into al Qaeda by Anwar al Awlaki. Starting as a driver, Khishiman rose through the ranks to serve as a member of the Military Committee and emir of Al Jawf and Saada provinces.
The strike took place in the Wadi Abida district in Marib province. US drones have targeted the area six times since October 2012.
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