Pakistani al-Qaeda Leader Killed In US Strike In Afghanistan

Pakistani confidence officials accumulate outward a ravaged Marriott Hotel in Islamabad on Sep 21, 2008, following an overnight self-murder explosve attack. The Pentagon announced yesterday that a new airstrike had killed Qari Yasin, who was related to a bombing.


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Pakistani confidence officials accumulate outward a ravaged Marriott Hotel in Islamabad on Sep 21, 2008, following an overnight self-murder explosve attack. The Pentagon announced yesterday that a new airstrike had killed Qari Yasin, who was related to a bombing.

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The Pentagon announced yesterday that it had killed a Pakistani militant personality with ties to al-Qaeda and a Pakistani Taliban.

In a statement, a Pentagon pronounced that Qari Yasin was killed in a U.S. airstrike on Mar 19 in Afghanistan’s Paktika Province. It pronounced he was a “senior militant figure” and that he had plotted a 2009 conflict on a Sri Lankan cricket group in Lahore and a 2008 bombing of a Marriott hotel in Islamabad.

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Reuters reports that Yasin was killed in a worker strike.

The 2008 self-murder lorry bombing in Islamabad killed some-more than 50 people. As NPR’s Philip Reeves reported then:

“There have been many self-murder bombs in Pakistan in a final year and a half, though few some-more harmful than this. Hours after a blast, a Marriott Hotel continued to bake with such ferocity that it was in risk of collapse. Tired, dazed-looking rescue workers was still acid for trapped people and entrance out with charred corpses.

The Marriott is one of customarily dual five-star hotels in Pakistan’s capital. It’s a favorite with Western journalists, diplomats, and rich Pakistanis. It’s customarily well-guarded. The blast happened only after Iftar, a dusk dish when Muslims finish a day of fasting during a holy month of Ramadan. Hotel owners Sadaruddin Hashwani says a lorry brimful with explosives pulled adult during a confidence separator during a front of a hotel.”

The 2008 conflict killed dual American use members, Air Force Maj. Rodolfo I. Rodriguez and Navy Cryptologic Technician 3rd Class Petty Officer Matthew J. O’Bryant.

In a 2009 conflict on a Sri Lankan cricket team, gunmen ambushed a team’s bus, firing on it with grenades, conflict rifles, and missiles. That conflict led to Pakistan’s being released from hosting vital general cricket matches, and a republic now plays many of a “home” games in a United Arab Emirates.

Reuters reports that Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Department had offering a 2 million rupee ($19,000) annuity for Yasin.

“The genocide of Qari Yasin is justification that terrorists who denounce Islam and deliberately aim trusting people will not shun justice,” pronounced Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in a statement.

Paktika Province, where Yasin was killed, is an area where Pakistani Taliban operatives have been given 2014, according to The New York Times:

“The Pakistani Taliban, rigourously famous as Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, are partial of a lax and increasingly divided powerful classification that once represented roughly 30 groups of militants. The classification was strictly founded in 2007 by a distinguished jihadist commander, Baitullah Mehsud, and for years it and associated groups like Al Qaeda have been formed in a Pashtun genealogical areas in northwestern Pakistan, quite in North and South Waziristan.

The transformation shares a tighten attribute with a Haqqani network, a many hard-core associate of a Afghan Taliban, that have been behind steady self-murder attacks in and around Kabul and eastern Afghanistan. The groups also concur and yield breakwater for Qaeda operatives, including Al Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahri.”

The Pakistani Taliban was also obliged for sharpened Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teen who was pounded by Taliban militants for compelling preparation for girls. Yousafzai went on share a Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, apropos a youngest-ever recipient.


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