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US strikes at leadership meeting in Bajaur

Counterterrorism strike

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
Acting AgencyCIA
MeansPredator drone missile launch1
LocationDamadola, Bajaur, Pakistan1
Time Jan. 13, 2006
KilledMidhat Mursi (Secondary Target) 1, Abdul Rehman al-Maghribi (Secondary Target) 1, Khalid Habib (Secondary Target) 1
 
 
Narrative and Notes
ReliableOn Jan. 13, 2006, what is believed to be one or more Predator drones operated by the Central Intelligence Agency fired multiple missiles at a suspected meeting of al-Qaeda leaders in the village of Bajur in northwestern Pakistan.1
PossibleIntelligence indicated Ayman al-Zawahiri was at the meeting; however, it is now believed he did not attend. As many as a dozen bystanders, including children, were reported killed in the strike.1
QuestionablePakistani President Pervez Musharraf claimed five non-Pakistanis were killed in the strikes.

Pakistani intelligence officials, a source of sometimes dubious reliability, said the dead included Midhat Mursi, al-Qaeda's top chemical and biological weapons researcher, and Abdul Rehman al-Maghribi, a relative of al-Zawahiri.

Mursi, however, remains listed as "wanted" on the U.S. Rewards for Justice web site, suggesting his death has not been confirmed.

Initially, Abu Obaidah al-Masri was reported as possilby killed; however, officials targeted him in later strike, so presumably he survived.1,2
 
 
Sources
1'U.S. attack kills al-Qaeda leader's kin.' The Assocated Press, Feb. 13, 2006.
2Rewards for Justice web site.
 
 
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