Al-Qaeda leader believed killed in North Waziristan

Hussein al-Yemeni, aka “Sadam Hussein” Al Hussami, an Al-Qaeda leader who had played a significant role in the bombing of a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) post last December in Afghanistan has been killed by a US drone strike last week, a US counterterrorism official stated on Wednesday.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the counterterrorism official said al-Yemeni was apparently killed in a strike in Miram Shah, the capital of North Waziristan. The official described al-Yemeni as an “Al-Qaeda planner and facilitator”, who had established links with the Haqqani network, which has planned many Taleban attacks in Afghanistan, and with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

According to the official, al-Yemeni’s expertise was in bombs and suicide operations and was suspected of playing a key role in a December attack at a US base in eastern Afghanistan that killed seven CIA officers.

Three other al-Qaeda members were also killed along with Al Hussami: Abu Jameelah al Kuwaiti, aka Hamed al Aazili – a close associate of Iraqi al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al Zagraw –, Abu Zahra al Maghrebi and Akramah al Bujabi.

On December 30 last year, a Jordanian doctor said to have been a triple agent blew himself up at the US base in Khost near the Pakistani border, killing seven CIA employees and a Jordanian intelligence officer.