U.S. Hot on Ahman al Zawahiri’s Trail

Pakistan is now admitting that the attack on a school in Pakistan was carried out by a U.S. Predator drone aircraft. The last time an attack like this was carried out, Pakistan’s President Pervez Mushariff suffered backlash and criticizm from Taliban and Al-Qaeda supporters in his government.

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Zawahiri Was Target in U.S. Attack on Religious School in Pakistan
October 30, 2006 1:15 PM
Alexis Debat Reports:

pakistan_rubble_zawahiri_nr.jpgAyman al Zawahiri was the target of a Predator missile attack this morning on a religious school in Pakistan, according to Pakistani intelligence sources.

ABC News has learned the raid was launched after U.S. intelligence received tips and examined Predator reconnaissance indicating that al Qaeda’s No. 2 man may have been staying at the school, which is located in the Bajaur region near the village that is thought to be al Qaeda’s winter headquarters.

Despite earlier reports that the missiles had been launched by Pakistani military helicopters, Pakistani intelligence sources now tell ABC News that the missiles were fired from a U.S. Predator drone plane.

Between two and five senior al Qaeda militants were killed in the attack, including the mastermind of the airliners plot in the U.K., according to Pakistani intelligence sources.

No word yet on whether or not Zawahiri was killed in the raid, but one Pakistani intelligence source did express doubt that Zawahiri would have been staying in a madrassa, which is an obvious target for strikes against militants. That source, however, did express confidence that Pakistani intelligence is closing in on Zawahiri’s location.

One of the clerics who is believed to have been killed today, Maulana Liaquat, was one of the two main local leaders believed to be protecting Zawahiri.

Pakistani intelligence sources tell ABC News they believe they have “boxed” Zawahiri in a 40-square-mile area between the Khalozai Valley in Bajaur and the village of Pashat in Kunar, Afghanistan. They hope to capture or kill him in the next few months.

Alexis Debat is an ABC News consultant.

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3 Comments on “U.S. Hot on Ahman al Zawahiri’s Trail”

  1. Ronin Says:

    Damn, how do I get a job flying big armed remore controled airplanes? I hope you got um but if not re-arm that bird and try, try again.

  2. Right Truth Says:

    The war situation as bloggers see it

    The attack in Pakistan that killed 80 al-Qaeda terrorists in training is being viewed by some as nothing more than a pre-election effort on George Bush’s part to scar Americans into voting Republican. The Islamic seminary as some are calling


  3. [...] With all the protesting going on over in Pakistan, you just know that we took out a high priority target last week!!! I guess when you blow up their Islamonazi cultist leaders, they forget all about being a religion of peaceful protesters… http://www.breitbart.com [...]


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