Ilyas Kashmiri reportedly killed in U.S. strike

ISLAMABAD: Ilyas Kashmiri, one of five terrorist leaders most wanted by the United States reportedly killed in U.S. drone strike in South Waziristan of Pakistan, according to media reports Ilyas Kashmiri was also believed to be the mastermind behind the PNS Mehran Base attack in Karachi in which 10 Navy personnel including a Ranger were killed. However no confirmation yet has been made from Pakistan side to this effect.

The United States had given Pakistan time till July to capture Al Qaeda leader Ilyas Kashmiri and Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar. It has also warned of a military offensive in North Waziristan if they are not captured. According to U.S. media reports, the U.S. had handed over to Pakistan a list of five terrorists, seeking immediate intelligence information on them. It reportedly also wanted Pakistan to possibly target these terrorists in joint operations.

Besides Ilyas Kashmiri and Mullah Omar, the list included Al Qaeda’s second-in-command Ayman al Zawahiri, the operating chief of Haqqani network Sirajuddin Haqqani and the Libyan operations chief of Al Qaeda Atiya Abdel Rahman. Abdel Rahman had emerged as a key intermediary between Osama bin Laden and Qaeda’s affiliate networks across the world.
The list was discussed during two meetings between Pakistani and US officials in the past two weeks, and also during US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s talks with Pakistani leaders in Islamabad.-Online

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