Skip to comments.BREAKING: Ilyas Kashmiri ‘killed’ in US drone attack [Osama bin Laden's replacement]
Posted on 06/04/2011 1:32:36 AM PDT by James C. Bennett
PESHAWAR: According to a BBCUrdu report, Ilyas Kashmiri, a Pakistani terrorist leader with ties to al Qaeda, was among those killed in the latest drone strikes in South Waziristan.
The report quoted locals as saying that Kashmiri was killed in the strike that killed at least nine militants.
Kashmiri was the chief of the Harkatul Jihad al-Islami (HJI), an organisation affiliated with al Qaeda.
He is widely believed to have masterminded the attack on the PNS Mehran naval base in Karachi.
A government official in Peshawar told BBCUrdu that although he had been receiving information regarding the death of Kashmiri in the drone strike, he could not confirm the information.
Moreover, an official in South Waziristan told BBCUrdu that a US drone attack targeted a group of armed militants 20 kilometres from Wana bazaar.
The official said the attack killed nine people and injured three others.
Moreover, the official said that those killed in the attack were believed to be militants from Punjab.
Locals and witnesses told BBCUrdu that Kashmiri had also died in the drone attack.
Witnesses said Kashmiri had arrived in South Waziristan from the Khyber tribal region.
Islamic militant and key mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai attack, Ilyas Kashmiri was killed in the latest US drone strike in South Waziristan. BBC Urdu and Pakistani media have confirmed the report, citing locals. However, no official announcement has been made so far.
According to the media reports, Ilyas Kashmiri was killed in the air strike along with nine other militants.
Kashmiri was chief of the al Qaeda associated organization Harkatul Jihad al-Islami (HJI) and was one of the most wanted militant in India.
Kashmiri was also the front-runner for the Al Qaeda chief post after killing of Osama bin Laden.
In his latest operation, he masterminded the PNS Mehran naval base in Karachi, an attack to revenge Laden's death. An official in South Waziristan told BBC Urdu services that US drone targeted a group of armed militants near Wana bazaar. On August 6, 2010 the United States labeled Kashmiri a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist" while the United Nations added him and his group HuJI to its blacklist established under UN Security Council Resolution 1267.
Capture Ilyas Kashmiri and Mullah Omar by July: US to Pakistan NDTV Correspondent, Updated: June 02, 2011 08:49 IST
Washington: The United States has given Pakistan time till July to capture Al Qaeda leader Ilyas Kashmiri and Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar. It has also warned of a military offensive in North Waziristan if they are not captured. The July deadline coincides with NATO and allied forces withdrawing from Afghanistan.
Last week, the US had handed over to Pakistan a list of five terrorists, seeking immediate intelligence information on them. It reportedly also wanted Pakistan to possibly target these terrorists in joint operations.
Besides Ilyas Kashmiri and Mullah Omar, the list included Al Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman al Zawahiri, the operating chief of Haqqani network Sirajuddin Haqqani and the Libyan operations chief of Al Qaeda Atiya Abdel Rahman. Abdel Rahman had emerged as a key intermediary between Osama bin Laden and Qaeda's affiliate networks across the world.
The list was discussed during two meetings between Pakistani and US officials in the past two weeks, and also during US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's talks with Pakistani leaders in Islamabad on Friday, ABC News quoted a US official as saying.
The US views the list as a test of whether Pakistan is "serious about fighting terrorists who have long enjoyed safe havens within its borders", the ABC report said.
An American source also confirmed the existence of the list to Dawn newspaper and said the US softening its position on unilateral action against terrorists found in Pakistan was conditional.
"The message given to Pakistani leaders was loud and clear: you either cooperate with us on these terrorists or we'll take care of them by ourselves," the source was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
I wonder who is next on the list to take over and become the main target in the bullseye.
Can we be happy?
Thanks for the info. Virgins are not celebrating tonight. BTTT.
I guess. But the ultimate party can only be after Mecca and Islamabad are entombed in radioactive glass.
It sucked to be him.
Yes, after B.O. completes another "spike the football" tour.
no, because it be unchristian of you, but celebrate if a conservative is harmed or killed
It will be the guy, that when the organization calls for somebody to step forward, who is slowest to step back.
We have no alternative to killing as many of them as we can as fast as we can into an indefinite future. Also, glad we are making this clear to at least some of our “allies.”
I love good news. . . . . .
Obama has now scheduled one of these monthly, right after the labor statistics are reported.
This just in, Taliban says they won’t be complying with Al Qaeda’s “Leader Camoflage” plan!!!!!!!!!!!!!
scratch this one off the list....
“Politics is the art of finding trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.” Groucho Marx
On smart man.
Correction: One smart man.
Is this confirmed by the U.S.A.?
SNIPPET: “A government official in Peshawar confirmed the drone strike to BBC but said there was no confirmation of Kashmiri’s death.”
As commander of HUJI, Kashmiri provides support to al-Qaida operations, including logistical support for al-Qaidas terrorist attacks. Kashmiri has supported attacks against Pakistani government personnel and facilities, including the 2009 attack against the offices of the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Pakistani police in Lahore, Pakistan that killed 23 people and left hundreds injured.
He directed the October 2008 assassination of the former commander of the Pakistani Special Services Group, General Amir Faisal Alvi, in retaliation for his role in the fight against militants in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. He also led an al-Qaida-linked cell in planning for the assassination of a Pakistani Army general a plan that was eventually abandoned due to al-Qaidas strategic considerations...-—— press release : “United States Targets Terrorist Organization Operating in India and Pakistan In Joint Terrorism Actions, Treasury, State Designate Harakat-ul Jihad Islami
And Its Senior Leader Mohammad Ilyas Kashmiri,” August 6, 2010
These guys can continue to list their next number one....but since the CIA got all that info from the bin Laden house...they know the street address for all of the top forty guys.
If it were me...I think the gang needs to find a virtual unknown....somewhere in Saudi Arabia, and just knock on the door and let the guy know that he’s been selected. The US won’t bomb anything in Saudi Arabia, and that will fix the leadership issue.
Kashmiri is connected to the Chicago terrorist cell involved in the Mumbai Massacre. This cell was also involved in a plot to assassinate the head of Lockheed Martin in revenge for its manufacture of US drones.
Which is worse, ‘killed’ or killed?
Ilyas Kashmiri, a Pakistani terrorist leader with ties to al Qaeda... killed in the strike that killed at least nine militants... chief of the Harkatul Jihad al-Islami (HJI)... believed to have masterminded the attack on the PNS Mehran naval base in Karachi... those killed in the attack were believed to be militants from Punjab... Kashmiri had arrived in South Waziristan from the Khyber tribal region... key mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai attack... one of the most wanted militant in India... a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist" ...HuJI to its blacklist established under UN Security Council Resolution 1267... The United States has given Pakistan time till July to capture Al Qaeda leader Ilyas Kashmiri and Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar. It has also warned of a military offensive in North Waziristan if they are not captured. The July deadline coincides with NATO and allied forces withdrawing from Afghanistan... the list included Al Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman al Zawahiri, the operating chief of Haqqani network Sirajuddin Haqqani and the Libyan operations chief of Al Qaeda Atiya Abdel Rahman.Dear Zero -- you've been in office a year and a half, and are *just now* getting around to this ultimatum? Obviously Panetta is the reason for this. And it's not nearly enough. Resign now.
Nice quote, too bad it’s too long for a tagline.
“Obama has now scheduled one of these monthly, right after the labor statistics are reported.”
Obama has taken the fight against Al Quaeda overtly into Pakistan through frequent drone attacks and direct raids such as the one that killed Bin Lauden. For some reason the Bush administration was obsessed with Iraq and executed basically a hands off strategy with Pakistan which was the real sanctuary. During his campaign Obama made a point of speaking to the threat from Pakistan and saying he would take military action against that country which he has.
Before I get flamed, I share the view of many this is the worst administration in US history and its policies are resulting in the economic and cultural destruction of our nation. I will however give credit where credit is due. Bush made a strategic error in invading Iraq. Iraq was the counterweight to Iran in the region and not a direct threat to the US. Afghanistan and Pakistan were the sanctuaries for Al Queda, not Iraq. Had Bush stayed focused on our real enemy, instead of trying to invade and occupy Iraq with too few troops, we might have already been finished with our war with Al Queada.
DId we fly in a muslim outreach team to wash the body and perform a 30 minute burial immediately after?
Yay! Now, we just sit back and wait for the “Deather” morons to show up and claim he’s not really dead.
>raq was the counterweight to Iran in the region and not a direct threat to the US. Afghanistan and Pakistan were the sanctuaries for Al Queda, not Iraq.
No, he did not.
Invading Iraq and replacing Hussein was perfect strategy.
Afghanistan is tactics. Simply tactics that admittedly had to be employed to neuter AQ.
We have no strategic interest in that area.
We do have a HUGE strategic interest in Iraq and the surrounding areas.
We now have a regime that is not hostile to the best interests of America, a fledgling democratic process going on in a mid east country, and a large military presence right in the midst of sensitive region that is a more modern system than is the norm for Arabs, and that presence will remain there for a very, very long time because it is now in the interests of both countries that it remain so.
That is strategy.
Killing a few thousand ragheads - which is all that we have done in Asia, pushing the remainder into other hostile backward countries, and then having to occupy that remote mountainousness backward illiterate country is not strategic vision.
It is tactics that have no lasting value after we leave.
AQ is not the threat that an unleashed Saddam was.
Israel knew it and so did we.
He looks like a tanned Freddy Mercury.
Sorry. Had to adjust to my take.
It works for me.
Have always thought with Saddam it was, as usual, a case of follow the money. That many Americans must have had a lot invested in him and the old Iraq given some of the vehement opposition to taking him down. Or, maybe they wanted to see Israel destroyed. One or the other I think.
We were already at war with Iraq and had been for ten years. W ended that war by Conquering Baghdad and killing Saddam.
Iraq is the center of peace in the region. Iraq is center to the containment of Iran
The containment of Al Queda is but a part of the whole.
“But a fax from the militant group he was heading — Harakat-ul-Jihad al-Islami’s feared “313 Brigade” — confirmed Kashmiri was “martyred” in the strike at 11:15 p.m. Friday in South Waziristan tribal region. It vowed revenge against America.”
As for it being a tagline, he said a lot about a large subject in few words.....again, even if it is too large.
Good..... maybe he and Osama will share the same cave in hell!
What happened to the top of his head.
TBP, time for you to mourn again - this time, it’s your friend, Illyas Kashmiri.