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Drone strike reportedly killed Al Qaeda No. 3 Mustafa Abu al-Yazid

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The Guardian reports that US and Pakistan intelligence officials believe Yazid was recently killed in Pakistan:

Mustafa Abu al-Yazid … was hit in a drone strike last month, an official with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) said. "He was killed on the 21st or 22nd, I believe," he said.

In Washington US security officials told reporters they had "strong reason" to believe Yazid was dead. "In terms of counterterrorism, this would be a big victory," a source told Reuters….

Dawn, a Pakistani English-language daily, reports that in addition to Yazid, the drone attack killed his wife, three daughters, one granddaughter, and other men, women, and children. The strike targeted a tribesman’s house 25 kilometers west of Miramshah, a militant stronghold in the North Waziristan tribal agency that borders Afghanistan.

According to Dawn:

Intelligence officials at the time said six militants were killed but residents said 12 people, including four women and two children, were killed. Six women and two children were wounded and treated at a hospital in Miramshah, residents said.

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