Citing information gained from informers, anonymous Pakistani officials say they believe a pair of “al-Qaeda commanders” were killed in US drone strikes in North Waziristan earlier this month.
Among those reported slain was Ilyas Kashmiri, a veteran of the anti-Soviet movement in Afghanistan who had previously been named as the leader of an ISI-backed militant group fighting against India in Kashmir. Kashmiri was arrested in 2004 for an attack on then-President Pervez Musharraf, though it is unclear how he went from being the leader of a relatively obscure Kashmiri militant outfit to a “top al-Qaeda commander.”
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