God bless the CIA.

Via LWJ:

A senior al Qaeda operative who served as an aide to al Qaeda’s external operations chief was killed in a drone strike last week, according to US officials. The report has not been confirmed.

Aslam Awan, a deputy to the leader of al Qaeda’s external operations network, was killed in the Jan. 11 airstrike in Miramshah, the main town in Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan, US officials told Reuters. The external operations network is a branch of al Qaeda’s military council that is tasked with striking in the US, Europe, and areas outside of South Asia.

Awan is a Pakistani citizen who is also known as Abdullah Khorasani, US officials told Reuters. He is from Abbottabad, the same Pakistani city where Osama bin Laden was killed in May 2011 by US special operations forces. US officials did not disclose why they believe Awan was killed, and al Qaeda has not released a statement confirming his death.

The Jan. 11 strike targeted a compound on the outskirts of Miramshah; four “militants,” including three “Arabs” were said to have been killed in the strike. The identity of the Arabs has not been disclosed. That strike ended a 55-day long pause, the longest lull in strikes since the US ramped up attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas in August 2008.

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