One of the Uighur detainees transferred to El Salvador was deemed a “high” risk by US officials because of his alleged ties to senior al Qaeda operatives.
The Taliban commander targeted in the raid is linked to foreign fighters and suicide training camps in the northern province of Sar-i-Pul.
The head of the Faryab provincial council was wounded in an attack by a teen-aged suicide bomber.
A Taliban leader in the running to replace the shadow governor of Badghis province was killed in a raid over the weekend, while another senior Taliban military commander in the province was targeted in a strike yesterday.
Mullah Ismail, the Taliban’s shadow governor of Badghis province, and Abdul Hakim, a senior Taliban military commander in the province, were killed during a raid on Oct. 6.
Abdul Haq al Turkistani, the leader of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Party and a member of al Qaeda’s Shura Majlis, was killed in a strike in Mir Ali.
Rehman Malik claimed that the leader of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Party was killed in Pakistan, but would not provide details. US officials would not confirm the report.
Abdul Haq al Turkistani, the leader of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Party, may have been killed in the Feb. 15 airstrike in North Waziristan. The report is unconfirmed.
The US Treasury Department and the UN have designated Abdul Haq as a terrorist with ties to al Qaeda and the Taliban. The designation may complicate the Obama administration’s efforts to relocate seventeen Uighur detainees currently held at Gitmo. Some of the Uighur detainees have openly admitted their ties to Abdul Haq.