Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Afghanistan/Pakistan: On Ground Updates – July 29, 2008

On Ground Updates

U.S. Military Predator Drone Strikes in Pakistan Kills Al Qaeda Weapons Expert
, July 29, 2008

* Yahoo News website brings us this report by Stephen Graham, an Associated Press writer and it starts off like this... Missiles hit a building in a Pakistani village on the border with Afghanistan on Monday, and intelligence officials said they were investigating reports that a senior al-Qaida figure was among six people killed. Pakistan's army said it had not confirmed the strike killed al-Qaida operative Abu Khabab al-Masri, described by Washington as an expert who trained terrorists in the use of poisons and explosives. The U.S. offers a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture...A Pakistani military intelligence official said al-Masri's wife told authorities that her husband died in the attack in South Waziristan. The woman was wounded and hospitalized, he said...
Read the full report at link below...
Al-Qaida man reported killed in missile strike

* Reuters.com reports...
Al Qaeda chemist killed in U.S. strike
This bit of news also came out of Afghanistan today...
Coalition Forces Kill Militants in Afghanistan Province

July 29, 2008

Several militants were killed during a coalition forces operation targeting a Taliban leader yesterday in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, military officials reported.

Coalition forces searched compounds in the province's Gairo district, targeting a militant leader known to conduct foreign fighter operations in Ghazni and Paktika provinces, officials said.

Militants inside a building and around other buildings engaged the force with small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. Coalition forces responded with small-arms fire and air strikes, killing the militants and damaging a building, officials said.

During their search, coalition forces found bomb-making materials and rigged explosives within a building, as well as a vehicle rigged with explosives. Troops also found several rocket-propelled grenades and a vehicle used to transport them.

Coalition forces destroyed the munitions, explosives and both vehicles after moving all residents to a safe location, officials said.

From a news article by DoD’s American Forces Press Service that was taken from a Combined Joint Task Force 101 news release

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