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Pakistan Says Three Al-Qaeda Members Died In U.S. Air Strike


http://gdb.rferl.org/BF53D117-2B1C-435B-B756-E23D9DF2ED09_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/BF53D117-2B1C-435B-B756-E23D9DF2ED09_mw800_mh600.jpg The U.S. air strike targeted, but missed, Ayman Al-Zawahri (file) (epa) 19 January 2006 -- Pakistani intelligence sources have identified three of four Al-Qaeda members who were believed to have been killed in a U.S. air strike last week.

One of the dead was said to be a son-in-law of the terror network's second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri. Another was thought to be a bomb-making expert -- Midhat Mursi al-Sayid 'Umar -- with a $5 million reward on his head.


The air strike late last week targeted a gathering of senior Al-Qaeda operatives in the village of Damadola in northwestern Pakistan, near the Afghan border, including Al-Qaeda's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri.


Angry anti-American protests erupted in Pakistan after the strike, which killed at least 18 people, including women and children.


(Reuters, AP)

Who Is Ayman al-Zawahri?


AYMAN AL-ZAWAHRI is regarded as Al-Qaeda's No. 2 authority. Although al-Zawahri is lesser known than Osama bin Laden, some observers say the deputy is just as powerful as the chief....(more)

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