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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Yemen (BNA) The Al-Qaeda group in Yemen has announced that a top Saudi leader in the organization has been killed by a US air strike, according to a statement distributed by the group online.
The group said in a statement on Tuesday that Ibrahim al Rubaish was killed in a drone attack two days earlier.The group did not specify where the purported strike took place.
Al-Rubaish had a $5m bounty on his head.
The death of al-Rubaish may be a sign that a covert US drone programme against Yemen's branch of the armed group continues despite the evacuation of American military advisers from the country amid a worsening civil war.
Yemeni and US officials had no immediate comment on the claim.
The group said al-Rubaish, who is from Saudi's ultra-conservative Qassim region, "has spent two decades of his life in jihad, fighting America and its agents".
He first fought in Afghanistan before he was arrested and held in the US military prison of Guantanamo for "a few years" before he joined al-Qaeda.
Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra, who has reported extensively on Yemen, said al-Rubaish was "someone who has huge influence" among Yemen's al-Qaeda fighters.

Saturday, April 11, 2015
PESHAWAR (BNA) At least five terrorists were killed by security forces in the Datta Khel Tehsil of North Waziristan Agency.
Terrorists attacked a security forces check post in the area and five terrorists were killed when security forces retaliated.
Following the incident security forces launched a search operation in the area.

Sunday, April 05, 2015
PESHAWAR (BNA) Two bomb disposal technicians died in a roadside bomb explosion Saturday as they cleared a route for troops in the Barwand area of South Waziristan near the Afghan border, officials said.
The incident took place in the Barwand area of South Waziristan tribal district, one of Pakistan's seven semi-autonomous tribal regions, which is considered a stronghold of Taliban militants.
“Two bomb disposal officials were clearing the route for troop movement when an improvised explosive device went off, killing both of them,” a senior security official told AFP.
The semi-autonomous tribal areas on the Afghan border have for years been a hideout for Islamist militants of all stripes, including Al Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban as well as foreign fighters such as Uzbeks and Uighurs.
Pakistan began a long-awaited push to clear insurgent bases from North Waziristan last June after a bloody Taliban attack on Karachi airport finally sank faltering peace talks.
Washington has pressed Islamabad for years to wipe out the sanctuaries in the North Waziristan tribal area, which militants have used to launch attacks on Nato forces in Afghanistan.
Air strikes, artillery, mortars and ground troops have all been used to take back territory.

Saturday, 28 March, 2015
PESHAWAR (BNA) Fifteen militants were killed on Saturday in a clash with security forces in Khyber Agency, the military's public relations wing said.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), approximately 30-35 militants attacked a security forces check post in Khyber Agency's Tirah Valley, but attack was foiled through "effective retaliation".
Three security personnel sustained injuries in the clash.
Security forces seized 10 bodies of the militants, along with arms and ammunition, the ISPR said. However, this information could not be independently verified as journalists have limited access to the restive agency.
Khyber is one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous regions governed by tribal laws and lies near the Afghan border. The Taliban and other Al Qaeda-linked groups who stage attacks in both Pakistan and Afghanistan are also known to have strongholds in the zone.

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