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(LWJ) — An Internet jihadist who traveled to Pakistan’s tribal areas to fight with al Qaeda-linked terror groups is thought to have been killed in a US Predator airstrike. Also, a prominent member of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan is reported to have wounded in another Predator strike in Pakistan’s tribal areas.
A jihadist forum member recently posted that Hafeed Salahuddin was killed along with “a small group of his colleagues” in the Waziristan region of Pakistan, according to the message that was translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. Although the message is not an official martyrdom statement released by a terrorist group, jihadists often use the al Qaeda-linked forums to announce the deaths of lesser-known members of the terror groups.
“With content hearts we received the news of the martyrdom of our brother Hafeed Salahuddin, the well-known writer in the jihadi forums, and a small group of his colleagues, in an American airstrike over Waziristan,” the statement said.
SITE reported that in May, a jihadist named Muhib Hafeed Salahuddin “posted a message from ‘Sheikh Hafeed Salahuddin’ reacting to the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and warning US President Barack Obama that the ‘next round’ in the conflict will be more complex and deadly.”
The statement announcing Salahuddin’s death did not say when or where he was killed, nor did it state the name of the terror group he fought with. The US has carried out 47 Predator airstrikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas this year; all but two have taken place in the tribal agencies of North and South Waziristan.
Jihadists who enter Pakistan’s tribal agencies from outside of southern Asia often fight with groups such as al Qaeda, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Islamic Jihad Group, or smaller, lesser known outfits such as the Taifatul Mansura (“Victorious Sect”).