United States missile strikes in North Waziristan by drones has killed 6 al-Qaeda commanders according to report in daily The News. It is reported that al-Qaeda leader Sanafi al Nasr based in Syria has confirmed the “Martyrdom of six of the dearest comrades” using the social media site Twitter. Pakistan Army is engaged in an operation against the militants in the North Waziristan but has not reached the area where the al-Qaeda leaders were killed by drone missile.
Sanafi al Nasr is Ben Laden’s cousin and is now based in Syria to head the victory Committee of al-Qaeda. Nasr is reportedly active on social media and has close ties with al-Qaeda command in Pakistan’s tribal region. The News reporter Amir Mir has quoted Nasr’s tweet that confirmed that 6 al-Qaeda leaders were killed.
Three of the killed were identified as Taj Al Makki, Abu Abdur Rahman Al Kuwaiti and Fayez Awda Al Khalidi.
Mustafa Abu Yazid, the chief operational commander of al-Qaeda and a close aide of Osama bin Laden, who had claimed responsibility for the 2007 murder of Benazir Bhutto in Rawalpindi was one of the top al-Qaeda leaders killed in drone strikes in Datta Khel, North Waziristan.
Pakistan has always condemned US missile strikes as these drone strikes are against the sovereignty of the country.