Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Afghanistan/Pakistan: On Ground Updates - November 18, 2008

On Ground Updates:
* Afghanistan/Pakistan *
Major Arab Al Qaeda Operative Among Militants Killed Overnight In Suspected US Missile Strike In Northwest Pakistan
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Predator file photo by USAF

* brings us this bit of good news this morning and their report starts off like this... US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal would not confirm or deny Azzam's death. "It is far too soon to know, and northwestern Pakistan isn't the easiest place in the world to find out if these strikes succeed or fail," one senior official said. "We've had far too many false positives this year to be certain this hit was successful."... The strike in Bannu is the first recorded US attack outside of Pakistan's seven Taliban-controlled tribal agencies, and appears to be the deepest US strike inside Pakistani territory to date...
Read this report and much more, at link below...
Senior al Qaeda leader targeted in airstrike in Bannu, Pakistan
(Lots of informative reports/links at above site)
* has this take... A major Arab Al-Qaeda operative was among six militants killed overnight in a suspected US missile strike in northwest Pakistan, a senior security official told AFP Wednesday... Security sources identified the militant as Abdullah Azam Al-Saudi, a senior member of Osama bin Laden's terror network who they said US intelligence officials had identified as the main link between Al-Qaeda's senior command and Taliban networks in the Pakistani border region... "He was the man coordinating between Al-Qaeda and Taliban commanders on this side of the border, and also involved in recruiting and training fighters," an Islamabad-based senior security official told AFP...
Read the full report at link below...

Major Al-Qaeda operative killed in US drone strike: Pakistan security

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