Al Qaeda Leader Killed in Pakistan
A little over a month after a Navy SEAL team killed Osama bin Laden, there are reports coming out of northwest Pakistan that a missile strike from the U.S. forces has killed Ilyas Kashmiri. He was the commander-in-chief of the Kashmiri militant group Harakat-ul Jihad-i-Islami. He was said to be a possible replacement for bin Laden.
If the reports are true then this would be another huge victory for U.S. intelligence. Officials say that Kashmiri was involved in planning and directing terrorist attacks. The American drone-fired missile strikes stroke another blow into the al Qaeda organization.
Pakistani and American officials warned that the death of Kashmiri is still unconfirmed. The United States placed $5 million reward money on his head. But this didn’t stop his supporters to rally in Karachi, Pakistan to protest the ongoing American drone attacks.
Pakistani officials stated that a missile that was fired from a pilotless U.S. drone killed Kashmiri in South Waziristan, which is a violent Pakistan tribal region. Some of his followers were killed in the attack as well. Sources said that most of the bodies were no longer recognizable.
Kashmiri was said to be responsible for the attack against a Pakistani naval base near Karachi, which placed him on top of Pakistan’s wanted list. India also wanted him dead because of the terrorist attack in Mumbai last 2008 that killed 163 people.