Geo News quoted sources close to Taliban commander Jalaluddin Haqqani as saying that Al Qaeda Pakistan chief Abu Haris was among 26 people killed in Monday’s missile strike by the United States in Miranshah. Among those killed in the strike were at least three low-level Qaeda operatives, including an Arab and an Azerbaijani, Pakistan intelligence officials said.
According to the news, four guards and two wives of Haqqani were also killed in said attack. Four missiles hit a seminary run by Haqqani while three hit populated areas in Miranshah. However It remained undefined whether Haqqani was present at the seminary at the time of the missile strike or not. Pakistani television channels reported that Badruddin Haqqani, a younger brother of Sirajuddin, had said that his brother and father were “alive and well” in Afghanistan.
According to Daily Times Haqqani, a close aide of Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar, has not been seen since the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan in 2001. The latest attack, in which three Al Qaeda leaders — Hamza Arabi, Qasim Hamza and Musa Arabi — were also killed, comes at a time when the US-led coalition troops are investigating last weekek’s ground attack in Angoor Adda area of South Waziristan that claimed 20 lives.
Lou Fintor, a spokesman at the United States Embassy in Islamabad, said the embassy had no comment on the strike. The attack on Monday was the third American missile strike on Taliban targets in North and South Waziristan since the ground attack on Wednesday.
IHT has reported that one of the Bush administration’s biggest complaints about the Pakistani government has been its reluctance to sever its ties with Taliban militants like the Haqqanis. However this has not been the case Pakistan has staked its own people for fighting American war. People of Pakistan have started questioning sovereignty