December 20, 2010

Al Qaeda-linked Taliban leader reported killed in Khyber Predator strike

Roggio has news this morning of who was attending that meeting the predators struck in the Tirah Valley..

LWJ

A Taliban leader who commanded one of al Qaeda's military units in northwestern Pakistan is reported to have been killed by US Predators in the Dec. 17 airstrike in the Khyber tribal agency.

Ibn Amin, the commander of the Tora Bora Brigade, one of six formations in al Qaeda's Lashkar al Zil or Shadow Army, is said to have been killed along with 32 other terrorists by the US in an unmanned Predator attack in Speen Drang in the Tirah Valley in Pakistan's Khyber tribal agency. The US carried out three strikes in the Tirah Valley on Dec. 17, and another on Dec. 16.

Amin is said to have been meeting with leaders of the Lashkar-e-Islam, a Taliban-like group that controls large areas of Khyber. Eight Lashkar-e-Islam commanders were reported killed in the strike. Leaders of the Lashkar-e-Islam said Amin was among those killed in the strike.

Amin was attempting to repair a rift between top leaders of the Lashkar-e-Islam, which is commanded by Mangal Bagh, Geo News reported.

One of the most wanted Taliban leaders in Pakistan, Amin was Mullah Fazlullah's second in command; Fazlullah is the overall leader of the Swat Taliban.

This wasn't a small fish he commanded one of the six brigades in the Al Qaeda's shadow army..
As the leader of the Tora Bora Brigade, Amin is said to have commanded between 1,500 and 2,000 fighters.
And the hunt goes on....

By Matt Damon at 11:25 AM | Comments |