Usama Mahmoud, AQIS’s spokesman, openly stated that the group “was formed by the gathering of several jihadi groups that have a long history in jihad and fighting.”
A suicide assault team hit an Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate headquarters in Sukkur, while a suicide bomber detonated outside a police station in the town.
“A brigade of Mujahedeen from Burma, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan” purportedly have launched operations in Burma. Photographs of scores of armed jihadists in military uniforms have appeared on a jihadist website.
The loss of the strike aircraft will impact military operations in the south. The members of the suicide assault team wore US Army uniforms and “appeared to be well equipped, trained and rehearsed,” ISAF said.
Two Coalition troops, said to be US Marines, were killed after a suicide assault team breached the wire at Bastion and attacked the airfield. During the attack, several military jets, a hangar, and buildings were damaged.
Badr Mansoor led just one Pakistani “company,” and has been reported to have more than 2,000 fighters under his command. For the last three years, the US government has maintained that al Qaeda has only 300 to 400 operatives in Pakistan and that the network is on the verge of defeat.
Among those freed is a former Pakistani Air Force member who was associated with Amjad Farooqi, the Pakistani jihadi who attempted to assassinate Pervez Musharraf at the behest of al Qaeda.
Ustad Ahmad Farooq, al Qaeda’s spokesman for Pakistan, confirmed that Badr Mansoor was killed in a drone strike on Feb. 2012. Farooq accused the Pakistani military and government of supporting the US’s drone campaign.