Drone strikes killed 11 out of Al Qaeda top 20 leaders in six monthsFebruary 4th, 2009 - 4:42 pm ICT by ANI
Lahore, Feb. 4 (ANI): A report has claimed that US led drone strikes have killed eleven out of Al Qaedas top 20 commanders in Pakistans Tribal Areas (FATA) during the last six months.
Citing an Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency statement, the Daily Times said Pakistans intelligence services have started to help the Americans track and kill fugitive terrorists in a bid to revamp their global image.
We may be crazy in Pakistan, but (were) not completely out of our minds. We know full well that terror is our enemy, not India, ISI Director Lt. General Ahmed Shuja Pasha recently stated.
The 15 billion dollar aid package coming Pakistans way over the next 10 years could also be a reason for Islamabad facilitating attacks on Al Quaeda.
The unmanned drone strikes have stunned local Al Qaeda commanders.
Al Qaedas hideouts in Pakistans tribal areas arent quite as safe as they used to be. We are stunned by such precision, a local sub-commander was quoted by the Daily Times as saying.
He cites the example of a recent strike in North Waziristan that killed Al Qaeda commander Musataf Al Misri.
The missile didnt just hit the right house; it scored a direct hit on the very room where Mustafa Al Misri and several other Qaeda operatives were holed up. Its as if someone had tossed a GPS device against the wall, he said.
Naqib Khan, a Taliban intelligence operative, told Newsweek some Qaeda fighters and their friends from Pakistan have been relocating to quieter places in eastern Afghanistan. (ANI)
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