FOX NEWS--A senior Al Qaeda figure was reportedly killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan last week, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News.
Four militants in the town of Miranshah in the North Waziristan tribal region were also killed, according to eyewitness reports.
U.S. officials had confirmed to Fox News that the first drone strike was the first in the region since a November NATO cross-border air attack last year left 24 Pakistani troops dead.
U.S. and Pakistani sources told Fox News that the target of the most recent attack was Aslam Awan, who they describe as a significant figure in the remaining leadership of Al Qaeda.
"Aslam Awan also known as Abdullah Khorsani was a senior Al Qaeda external operations planner who was working on attacks against the West," the U.S. official said.
Pakistani officials did not confirm that Awan was killed in the attack.
"His death reduces Al Qaeda's thinning bench of another operative devoted to plotting the death of innocent civilians," the U.S. official said. (Read more.)
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Al Qaeda Leader Aslam Awan (aka Abdullah Khorsani) Reportedly Killed in Drone Strike
It's interesting that so many of these terrorists keep popping up in friendly, moderate Pakistan.