U.S. Counterterrorism Official Claims Drone Strike Kills Key Al Qaeda Operative
American officials claim that a March 8 drone strike in North Waziristan killed an al-Qaeda commander, Hussein al-Yemeni, who is believed to have played a “significant role” in the December attack on the C.I.A. station in Khost. The extent of his involvement in the Khost bombing is unclear, but counterterrorism officials believe that he served as a “conduit in Pakistan for funds, messages and recruits” and focused on “bombs and suicide operations.” If true, this strike would be the latest in a string of successes for the C.I.A.’s drone program, which has been increasingly relied upon since the Khost attack.
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