Little is really know of this particular individual outside of al-Qaeda leadership circles, however it is said however that Shinwari has “distinguished himself” in combat operations against “occupation forces” in Afghanistan.
He is rumored to also have a high numbers “kills” of American troops, including U.S. Army soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan.
The exact number of his “kills” is unknown but guesses range from anywhere from 20-40 soldiers were killed by his hand alone.
To gain rank in al-Qaeda, it seems you have to have a certain number of confirmed “kills”.
Shinwari is supposedly very good at that particular aspect.
“Much like in other military services you do tours in combat with different al-Qaeda units or cells in different parts of Afghanistan”, said one source inside Pakistan military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. This new guy they say has done it all…launched attacked, assassinated people, beheaded at least one individual we know of and inspired scores of young people in both Afghanistan and Pakistan to martyr themselves in the cause against the crusaders. On top of that he is extremely smart and internet savvy”, he said.
Shinwari is set to replace Badr Mansour (whose "martyrdom" was attributed to a unmanned US drone strike somewhere in Miran Shah, North Waziristan, in January).
See video: Al-Qaeda Militant Killed in US Drone Strike http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZhJkWbrI
Shinwari was “confirmed” by the al-Qaeda "Dawa Wing" on April 30th (see restricted report: http://www.scribd.com/doc/92292862/weekl
According to report, Shinwari was “approved” as leader in Pakistan after consultations by al-Qaeda's top leadership and through a complicated “ratification process” by its commanders in Pakistan.
How exactly this all works is unclear, even to the so called “experts in counterterrorism, but it is thought to be done in the old fashion traditional way through “loya jurga” or grand assembly of tribal elders. So there is a certain level of politics involved here.
Al-Qaeda's Dawa [Propagation] and Media Department, led by a man called “Ustad Ahmad Farooq” and disseminates speeches on Taliban and al-Qaeda websites, including As-Sahab, which announced Shinwari's promotion as official on April 30, 2012.
Shinwari's promotion means he will now oversee the “day to day” operations of attacks by al-Qaeda and the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on North Atlantic Treaty Organization and U.S. supply lines passing through the Khyber Agency into Afghanistan from Pakistan.
We contacted the Pentagon in Washington and they seemed genuinely confused as to who Shinwari was?
Curious, we also contacted the FBI who indicated there is "no reward currently being offered for this individual at this time."