Islamabad, Pakistan – According to CSMonitor.com, at least 8 German civilians may have been murdered in a drone attack that apparently had the training area for the planners of an Al Qaeda terror plot in Europe as a target. Ahmad Siddiqi, an Afghanistan-born German militant, provided the US interrogators with the information of possible terrorist plots in London, Paris, Berlin and other cities, and therefore security has been strengthened in these places.
Pakistani intelligence officials have told Reuters that up to eight Germans were killed by the two missile strikes in Mir Ali, North Waziristan on Southern Afghanistan. This is the same town where the Haqqani militant network resides. This is a region “from which fighters can launch suicide attacks in Pakistan or missions against US and NATO forces in Afghanistan”, according to CSMonitor. Only in September, the United States carried out 22 drone attacks in the zone.
“As long as these strikes are taking out legitimate targets, they’ve been useful. They are useful and that’s why the Pakistani leaders have been quiet about it. There’s no denying most of the foreigners are hiding in and around North Waziristan,” says Imtiaz Gul, an Islamabad-based security analyst and author of “The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier.”
Nearly “nine out of every ten people in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), oppose the US military pursuing Al Qaeda and the Taliban in their region,” informs a poll conducted by the New America Foundation and Terror Free Tomorrow. Based on information provided to officials who captured a German national, reports state that there are around 15 or 20 German nationals, mainly of Turkish origin, hiding in the area.