A senior commander for al-Qaida, Sheikh Khaled Bin Abdel Rahman al-Hussainan, also known as Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, has been killed in an American drone strike in Pakistan's North Waziristan region near the border with Afghanistan, sources said.
Local security authorities in North Waziristan said Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, together with his 10 companions, were killed after a US drone fired several missiles into a house on the village of Mubarak Shahi, near Mir Ali, in Pakistan's North Waziristan. They added they were aware of the death of a senior al-Qaida leader but could not confirm his identity or rank.
According to Pakistani intelligence officials, Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti ’s wife and daughter were wounded in the same attack.
Pakistani sources told AFP news that his wife died a day later at a hospital in Miran Shah, as Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti was buried in Tappi village near Mir Ali.
The Associated Press said that Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, 46, was the head of al-Qaida's religious affairs wing. When al-Qaida's second in command Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed in a drone strike in the Pakistani village of Khassu Khel. Many people thought that Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti had replaced him as No. 2 to Ayman al-Zawahiri.
According to media reports, al-Kuwaiti appeared to be a less prominent than Abu Yahya al-Libi and less of a military commander. His role was more as a scholar, developing the group’s ideology and training jihadists.
Local Taliban sources told the BBC Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti was among 10 killed in a drone attack on the village of Mubarak Shahi near Mir Ali.
The Islamic militant network confirmed the news in a statement released today.
"We announce the martyrdom of Sheikh Khaled al-Hussainan, who died as he was having his sohur meal and we pray to God to accept him in heaven," the statement said.
At the same time, neither the US military nor the Pakistani government issued an official announcement about the killing of the commander, as it usually happens in the assassinations of leaders and members of al-Qaida in Pakistan or other countries.
This war has raged for years, when America launched its first war against al-Qaida after the events of Sept. 11. At that time al-Qaida and Taliban were in Afghanistan only; why did the war lead to the spread of al-Qaida to many other countries as we now have Talban in Pakistan, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb Morocco (AQIM), al-Qaida organization in the Islamic state of Iraq and Al-Shabab Al-Moujahideen Movement, in Somalia, etc.?
How many people have been killed in this war? How many American families lost their beloved ones? Many families in the world will not celebrate Christmas Eve this year as many families in the Muslim world did not celebrate Eid al-Fitr and AL-Adha, grief over their beloved ones. Is violence the only way to deal with al-Qaida? Why don't America and NATO try to start a dialogue with al-Qaida? Will America's war against al-Qaida last forever? Many questions that need a prompt reply by the American authorities.
I personally think that despite America targeting al-Qaida with murder and blockade, the organization remains still strong, it is even expanding to other countries. For this I hope that America would think more humane in dealing with the Muslim world, in particular, regarding its unlimited support to Israel. Certainly if America changes its attitude with Muslims and Arabs, it will enjoy security and stability.
Its time to realize that violence is not serving its purpose. America is just carrying out unreasonable wars without gaining any development on its war against terrorism. For example, the weird part is that even in Iraq there was no al-Qaida presence during Saddam era. However immediately after the American occupation of Iraq, al-Qaida is strongly existing therein, together with many other organizations being described as terrorists by America. Therefore, America's of occupation to Iraq for almost 10 years did not eliminate terrorism.