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Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders killed in US airstrikes since 2004
By BILL ROGGIO August 7, 2009 1:10 PM If the death of Baitullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban who is thought to have been killed during the Aug. 5 airstrike in South Waziristan, is confirmed, his name w ill top of the list of senior al Qaeda and Taliban leaders killed since the US began launching airstrikes into Pakistan's tribal areas in 2004. Baitullah w ould be the first tier one target (senior most al Qaeda and Taliban commanders) killed since the Jan. 1, 2009, airstrike that killed Osama al Kini and Sheikh Ahmed Salim Sw edan. Al Kini was al Qaeda's operations chief in Pakistan, and Swedan w as his deputy. Both men had been indicted for their roles in the 1998 suicide attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Since mid-May 2009, when the US ramped up its campaign to kill Baitullah, three of his military commanders in South W aziristan have been killed in strikes. The senior al Qaeda leaders killed in 2008 include Abdullah Azzam al Saudi, a trainer, facilitator, and liaison between al Qaeda and the Taliban operating in Pakistan's northw est; Abu Jihad al Masri, the leader of the Egyptian Islamic Group and the chief of al Qaeda's intelligence branch; Khalid Habib, the commander of the Lashkar al Zil, or Shadow Army, al Qaeda's paramilitary force in Pakistan's northwest and Afghanistan; Abu Khabab al Masri, the chief of al Qaeda's weapons of mass destruction program and a master bomb maker; Abu Sulayman Jazairi, the chief of al Qaeda's external network and a senior trainer, explosives expert, and operational commander; and Abu Laith al Libi, a senior military commander in Afghanistan and the leader of the reformed Brigade 055 in al Qaeda's paramilitary Shadow Army. List of High Value Targets killed in Pakistan since 2004 Baitullah Mehsud The leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. Date reported killed: Aug. 5, 2009 Kifayatullah Anikhel A Taliban commander under Baitullah Mehsud. Date killed: July 7, 2009 Mufti Noor Wali Suicide bomber trainer for the Taliban and al Qaeda. Date killed: July 3, 2009 Khwaz Ali Mehsud A senior deputy to Baitullah Mehsud. Date killed: June 23, 2009 Abdullah Hamas al Filistini A senior al Qaeda trainer. Date killed: April 1, 2009 Osama al Kini (aka Fahid Mohammed Ally Msalam) Al Qaeda's external operations chief who w as w anted for the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Date killed: January 1, 2009 Sheikh Ahmed Salim Swedan A senior aide to Osama al Kini who was w anted for the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Date killed: January 1, 2009. Abdullah Azzam al Saudi Served as liaison betw een al Qaeda and the Taliban operating in Pakistan's northwest. Azzam facilitated al Qaeda's external operations network. He also served as a recruiter and trainer for al Qaeda Date killed: November 19, 2008 Abu Jihad al Masri The leader of the Egyptian Islamic Group and the chief of al Qaeda's intelligence branch, and director of al Qaeda's intelligence shura. He also directed al Qaeda's external operations in Egypt. Date killed: October 31, 2008 Khalid Habib The commander of the Lashkar al Zil, or Shadow Army, al Qaeda's paramilitary force in
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Bill Roggio joined Military.com's C hristian Lowe to discuss the airstrike that reportedly killed Baitullah Mehsud, and the intelligence behind the reporting. Click here to listen.

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UPI cited Bill Roggio's report on Baitullah Mehsud's potential successors. The Washington Post cited Bill Roggio and Alex Mayer's report on the data behind the US airstrikes in Pakistan. The Center for International Governance Innovation cited C J Radin's Afghan National Security Forces Order of Battle.

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The commander of the Lashkar al Zil, or Shadow Army, al Qaeda's paramilitary force in Pakistan's northwest and Afghanistan. Date killed: October 16, 2008 Abu al Hasan al Rimi A senior al Qaeda operative. Date killed: October 2008 - exact date unknown Abu Wafa al Saudi An al Qaeda commander and logistician. Date killed: September 4, 2008 Abu Khabab al Masri The chief of al Qaeda's w eapons of mass destruction program and a master bomb maker. Date killed: July 28, 2008 Abu Mohammad Ibrahim bin Abi al Faraj al Masri A religious leader, close to Abu Khabab al Masri. Date killed: July 28, 2008 Abdul Wahhab al Masri A senior aide to Abu Khabab al Masri. Date killed: July 28, 2008 Abu Islam al Masri Aide to Abu Khabab al Masri. Date killed: July 28, 2008 Abu Sulayman Jazairi The chief of al Qaeda's external network. Jazairi was a senior trainer, an explosives expert, and an operational commander tasked with planning attacks on the W est. Date killed: March 16, 2008 Dr. Arshad Waheed (aka Sheikh Moaz) A mid-level al Qaeda leader. Date killed: May 14, 2008 Abu Laith al Libi Senior military commander in Afghanistan and the leader of the reformed Brigade 055 in al Qaeda's paramilitary Shadow Army. Date killed: January 29, 2008 Liaquat Hussain Second-in-command of the Bajaur TNSM. Date killed: October 30, 2006 Imam Asad Camp commander for the Black Guard, al Qaeda's elite bodyguard for Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri. Asad was a Chechen w ith close links to Shamil Basayev. Date killed: March 1, 2006 Abu Hamza Rabia Al Qaeda's operational commander. He was involved w ith two assassination plots against Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. Date killed: December 1, 2005 Nek Mohammed A senior Taliban commander in South W aziristan who had links to Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar. Date killed: June 18, 2004
The New York Times, the Washington Post, the New York Post, the Boston Globe, and UPI referenced Bill Roggio's coverage of the report of Sa'ad bin Laden's death. The July issue of the Combating Terrorism Center's Sentinel cited Bill Roggio's reports on the Taliban threat to Pakistan's nuclear program. ANI summarized Bill Roggio's report on Sufi Mohammed's release. The Christian Science Monitor cited Bill Roggio's analysis of Pakistan's offensive in the tribal areas. Voice of America Uzbek interviewed Bill Roggio about the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in Pakistan's tribal areas. The June issue of the Combating Terrorism Center's Sentinel cited Bill Roggio and DJ Elliott's reports on the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Iraqi Security Forces. The National Review cited Bill Roggio's reporting on the Qazali Network's operation in Karbala. The News cited Bill Roggio's reporting on Mullah Fazlullah's likely whereabouts. UPI summarized Bill Roggio's report on strikes against al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan. The New York Times referenced Bill Roggio's embedded report from the Shurta neighborhood in Baghdad in 2007.

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