Confirmed High Profile Terrorist Struck Down By U.S. Airstrike: Qari Yasin Dead
It has been reported that a high profile terrorist responsible for American soldiers’ deaths has been struck down by a U.S. airstrike. Fox News revealed that al Qaeda terrorist leader, Qari Yasin, was killed during an airstrike that took place on March 19.
Qari Yasin was responsible for the deaths of dozens of innocent victims, including a couple of American soldiers. Yasin was from Balochistan, Pakistan, and had been involved in several terrorist attacks, including an Islamabad attack on a Marriott Hotel in 2008, and the 2009 bus attack in Lahore.
Yasin had previously worked for the Pakistani terrorist, Amjad Farooqi, who led two assassination attempts in 2003 against Musharraf. Farooqi has been a suspect in several other terrorist attacks, as well.
According to Long War Journal, Yasin was listed by the U.S. government as the 10th most wanted terrorist. He was a key leader in the Punjabi Taliban, which is a terrorist organization aligned with al Qaeda. Yasin was said to be “Punjabi Taliban commander,” according to Pakistan spokesperson Mohammad Khurasani, thus confirming his role in the group.
Khurasani considered Yasin as “one of the greatest trainers of explosives and electronics in the fields of jihad.” Further, Khurasani revealed that Yasin’s students were still performing their jihad duties, claiming that his replacements were trained a long time ago. Unfortunately, this is often seen in the event that the U.S. kills a senior al Qaeda figure.
It was confirmed that Yasin was struck down in the eastern province of Paktika in the Laman area of Barmal district.
In addition to Yasin, Wired revealed the list of the top ten terrorists, other than Bin Laden, who have been taken down.
One of the masterminds of the 9/11 attack, Khalid Sheikh Mahammed, was said to be involved with 31 terrorist plots, including the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Mohammed video taped the gruesome torture and death of Pearl, instantly making him of the most valuable terrorist. Mohammed was eventually captured and faces the death penalty.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was another Bin Laden successor, regularly taking part in beheading videos. He was eventually struck down by U.S. fighters jets on June 7, 2006.
An affiliate of al-Qaida, Abu Layth al-libi, was a senior military commander that was responsible for the attack on a U.S. base in Afghanistan in 2007. He was later struck down in a drone attack.
Mustapha Abu al-Yazid, a founding member of al-Qaida, was killed in a drone attack in 2010.
Ramzi Binalshibh was angry because he couldn’t get a visa to go to the United States, so he acted as a facilitator between Khalid Sheikh Mahammed and the 9/11 hijackers.
Mustapha al-Hawsawi was a paymaster for 9/11 from Saudi Arabia. in 2003, he was captured during a raid in Pakistan.
Baitullah Mehsud was a Pakistani Taliban leader responsible for several suicide bombings. In 2009, he was taken down by a U.S. drone strike while visiting his father-in-law in South Waziristanm, Pakistan.
Known as the “war master” of Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), Abu Ayyub al-Masri was killed by U.S. forces on April 18, 2010 in Iraq.
Abu Umar al-Baghdadi, also known as Hamid Dawud Muhammad Khalil al-Zawi, was reported to be killed so many times that his existence was questioned. In 2010, his home in Iraq was hit by a rocket when the American forces worked together with Iraqi forces to officially take him down.
The mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people, Osama Bin Laden hid for a decade before the Americans found him and killed him in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
The Barmal district, where Yasin was found and killed, is known for being a safe haven for Al Qaeda, as well as Pakistani Taliban and Afghan groups, Long War Journal revealed.
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