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German Jihadi Militant Killed in Drone Strike

by Florian Flade

Samir H. – German Jihadi killed by US drone in March

On March 9 a US drone fired several missiles at a Pick-Up carrying about a dozen Taliban fighters and foreign militants near the village of Nishpa in South Waziristan. At least six suspected terrorits  were killed in the attack – among them 26-year-old German national Samir H. from Aachen. German newspaper SPIEGEL revealed the news of Samir´s death after it had been kept secret for weeks.

The Islamist, born and raised in East Germany, had traveled to Pakistan in October 2009 with his wife and two children, and joined the “Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan” (IMU). In November 2009 Samir´s sister, at the age of 18, followed her older brother and made her way to the Waziristan tribal region.

Samir H., son of a Tunisian father and a German mother, is the second German citizen killed by a US drone strike within two years. Bünyamin E., a 20-year old from the city of Wuppertal, died in a similar attack in October 2010. His death caused German politicians as well as lawyers to protest the US policy of drone strike in Pakistan.

Old Footage of Egyptian-Canadian Ahmed Khadr in Waziristan

by Florian Flade

Egyptian-Canadian Ahmed Khadr aka “Abu Abdurrahman al-Kanadi” (upper right corner) and IMU´s late Amir Taher Yuldashev (left)

In a new German-language propaganda video by the “Islamic Movement Uzbekistan” (IMU) very rare footage is shown of a Canadian Jihadist who was killed in Pakistan in 2003.

Ahmed Khadr aka “Abu Abdurrahman al-Kanadi” was a 55 year-old Egyptian-Canadian who had lived in Toronto and studied at University of Ottawa before working as an aid worker for a relief organization in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the 1980s. (read more here)

Khadr moved back to Pakistan in 1993 with his family and later lived close to the Bin Laden family in Afghanistan where his sons also trained in the Al-Qaida terrorist camps. One of his sons, Omar Khadr, is still imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay (Cuba) and is a victim of torture during severe interrogation. (read more here)

As the new IMU-propaganda video explains, Ahmed Khadr was killed on October 3 2003 in the Pakistani tribal areas of Waziristan alongside Abu Mohammed al-Turkestani, the leader of a Chinese Jihadist group, when Pakistani troops raided a village in South Waziristan. Footage recorded prior to his death does show him sitting next to IMU´s late leader Taher Yuldashev.

Khadr´s death, the IMU claims, was the trigger to start Jihad against the Pakistani government. The killing of Khadr and al-Turkestani led the IMU leadership to decide to wage Jihad not only in Afghanistan but declare the Pakistani military an even more important enemy.

More on the Khadr family once labeled “Canada´s first family of Terror”

http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/khadr/

http://www.danielpipes.org/1639/the-khadrs-canadas-first-family-of-terrorism

U.S. Adds Taliban Trainer Qari Hussain to Terror-List

by Florian Flade

Trainer of Teenage Suicide Bombers – Qari Hussain Mehsud

Qari Hussain Mehsud is probably the most feared and mystical figure of the Pakistani Taliban movement “Tehrik e-Taliban Pakistan” (TTP). He is known as the “teacher of the martyrdom-seekers”, a trainer of child suicide bombers and chief of the suicide bombing operations of the Pakistani Taliban. Numerous attacks by the TTP, including deadly bombings against Pakistani military, government and police compounds as well as against Pakistani religious minorities were orchestrated by Qari Hussain´s terror cells. A US$ 600,000 bounty was placed on his head by the Pakistani government, which considers the Taliban´s chief suicide bomber trainer to be among the Top 3 Terrorists in the country.

Today the US State and Treasury departments followed the Pakistani example and added Qari Hussain (Executive Order 13224) to the list of designated global terrorists. Only two other members of the TTP – the group´s leader Hakimullah Mehsud and his deputy Wali ur-Rahman – had been on that list. Now all known assets of Qari Hussain are frozen and he is banned of using financial institutions and travels.

“Qari Hussain is one of TTP’s top lieutenants and also serves as the trainer and organizer of the group’s suicide bombers. Training camps organized by Hussain are notorious for recruiting and training men of all ages as suicide bombers, and Hussain has gained particular notoriety for his heavy recruitment of children” – today´s press release states.

The US suspects Qari Hussain to be the mastermind of several high-profile operations including the suicide bombing on a CIA base in Khost which killed seven agents – “Furthermore, Hussain is believed to have trained the Jordanian militant Humam Muhammad Abu Mulal al-Balawi – the double-agent whose suicide mission on December 30, 2009, in Khost, Afghanistan, killed seven Americans.”

Faisal Shahzad, the US citizen who tried to detonate a car bomb at New York ´s Times Square in May 2010 is suspected of being one of Qari Hussain´s students, trained and advised by the TTP commander.

Qari Hussain remains a mysterious figure among Pakistan´s Taliban because of the lack of pictures and video footage that actually shows the face of the terrorist. Only recently there has been a short video appearance in which Hussain is seen without a blurred out face.

The notorious suicide bomber trainer was born into the Mehsud tribe of South Waziristan and is said to have family connection to the former Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud. In the South Waziristan region Qari Hussain ran a number of schools for teenage suicide bombers prior to the Pakistani military´s intervention and occupation of South Waziristan. After the army offensive Hussain fled to North Waziristan and today is most likely hiding somewhere in that area or in the agencies of Bajaur, Khyber or Mohmand.