Drone Strike Kills Qaeda Operative in Pakistan, U.S. Says


WASHINGTON — A Central Intelligence Agency drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal area on Jan. 10 killed an operative of Al Qaeda who was believed to be planning attacks against the West, an American official confirmed on Thursday.

The operative, Aslam Awan, a Pakistani citizen, was the “external operations planner” for the terrorist network, the official said. He was hit by a missile fired from a remotely controlled aircraft near the town of Miram Shah, in northwestern Pakistan, a center of militant activity.

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