CIA names 30 terrorists to be targeted in drone attacks

The CIA has shared with its Pakistani counterparts a list of 30 high-value al Qaeda and Taliban-linked terrorists, including Osama bin Laden.

Last Updated: Dec 15, 2010, 23:50 PM IST

Islamabad: The CIA has shared with its
Pakistani counterparts a list of 30 high-value al Qaeda and
Taliban-linked terrorists, including Osama bin Laden,
operating in the Waziristan tribal region who will be targeted
in drone attacks, according to a media report on Wednesday.

The CIA has got permission to kill the terrorists on
the list since it is "almost impossible" to capture them
alive, The News daily quoted sources in the Pakistani security
establishment as saying.

The CIA list includes top al Qaeda leaders like bin
Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri and top militants from
the Taliban and the Haqqani network.

The list represents an expanded CIA effort against a
number of al Qaeda operative operating in Pakistan,
Afghanistan and Yemen, the report said.

The list also contains names of many suspects who are
on the FBI`s list of most-wanted terrorists. US intelligence
operatives stationed in Pakistan believe over 2,000 al Qaeda
militants have taken shelter in Waziristan.

According to the intelligence operatives, the three
primary targets for US drone strikes are key al Qaeda and
allied commanders, al Qaeda`s external operations network and
Taliban and allied Afghan and Pakistani militant groups.

Some of the prominent terrorists on the list are al
Qaeda`s no 3 Sheikh Yunis al-Mauretani, Afghan Taliban chief
Mullah Omar, al Qaeda`s chief operational commander for
Pakistan and Afghanistan, Saif Al Adal, al Qaeda`s chief
military strategist for operations in the West, Ilyas
Kashmiri, Haqqani network leaders Jalaluddin Haqqani and
Sirajuddin Haqqani and three American jehadis, Abu Ibrahim
al-Amriki, Sayfullah al-Amriki and Anwar al-Awlaki.

Top Pakistani militants on the list are
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud and
Commanders Maulvi Faqeer Mohammad and Waliur Rehman Mehsud.

The sources said that despite public protests
against the drone strikes, Pakistani authorities are sharing
intelligence with their US counterparts on al Qaeda and
Taliban operatives.

PTI