Al Jazeera America
September 8, 2013
A senior commander from an armed group linked to the kidnap of a U.S. soldier was one of six people killed Friday in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal region near the Afghan border.
Sangeen Zadran was the operational commander in Pakistan’s tribal areas for the Haqqani network, a group allied with the Taliban that regularly attacks U.S. forces in Afghanistan from its mountain hideouts in Pakistan.
The United States placed Zadran, 45, on its list of global “terrorists” in 2011. He was accused of planning bomb attacks and assaults on U.S. bases in eastern Afghanistan, planning movements of foreign Taliban fighters and orchestrating kidnappings of Afghan and foreign nationals in border areas.