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Ilyas Kashmiri May Not Be Dead

When I saw the photo a purported HUJI spokesman released with a fax acknowledging Ilyas Kashmiri had been killed in Friday's drone attack, I was skeptical. The other available photos of Kashmiri, who is 47, were taken ten years ago in 2001 and look nothing like the man in the dead photo -- unless it was his son. The photo of the dead man (don't look if you're squeamish) the group released claiming it was Kashmiri does not does not depict a 47 year old man. Also, he was clean shaven. When Syed Saleem Shazhad interviewed Kashmiri in 2009, he had a long white beard dyed with reddish henna. A side by side of Kashmiri and the dead guy depicted in the photo is here.

Long War Journal reports it's not Kashmiri. The dead person in the photo is Abu Dera Ismael Khan, one of the Mumbai suicide bombers and a Lashkar-e-Taiba fighter. He was 25 in the photo. Ismael Kahn was 25 when killed. Again, don't look if you're squeamish as this one has several dead people, but here's the photo correctly identified. [More...]

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Who Was Killed With Ilyas Kashmiri?

All day I've been reading two of the people killed with Ilyas Kashmiri are Amir Hamza and Mohammed Usman.

Recently tortured and killed journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad wrote in October, 2010 that Mohammed Usman, who was an associate of Kashmiri and Osama bin Laden, had been killed in a drone strike. [More...]

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Syed Saleem Shahzad , Kashmiri, the ISI and the U.S. Wish List

The timeline of the killing of journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad and the drone attack that killed Ilyas Kashmiri is raising flags in my head. It could be coincidence, but then again, maybe not. Take a look.

Journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad was kidnapped, tortured and killed on May 29 or 30. It's widely believed Pakistan's ISI was behind it.

The Asia Times had just published Shahzad's last article on May 27, saying Ilyas Kashmiri was behind the attack on the Pakistan Navy base in Karachi.

Shahzad was the only journalist to have interviewed Kashmiri after Kashmiri surfaced following the 2009 false report of his death. The interview is here. [More...]

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U.S. Gave Pakistan One Month to Capture Ilyas Kashmiri and Four Others

Via al Jazeera: A Pakistani formy army Brigadier says Pakistan's ISI was involved in the attack that reportedly killed Ilyas Kashmiri and others. He was on the "wish list" the U.S. gave Pakistan last week, when it imposed a one month deadline on Pakistan to capture Kashmiri and four others.

The United States has given Pakistan time till July to capture Al Qaeda leader Ilyas Kashmiri and Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar. It has also warned of a military offensive in North Waziristan if they are not captured.

Also on the list: Al Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman al Zawahiri, the operating chief of Haqqani network Sirajuddin Haqqani and the Libyan operations chief of Al Qaeda Atiya Abdel Rahman.[More...]

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The Many Deaths of Ilyas Kashmiri

In 2009, the media reported the death of terrorist leader Ilyas Kashmiri in a drone strike. It was very upsetting to David Coleman Headley, who had been plotting with Kashmiri to conduct the Mumbai attacks and the planned attack on a Danish newspaper. The death report on Kashmiri turned out not to be true, and according to the U.S., which has indicted Kashmiri in the Headley/Rana case, Headley continued plotting with Kashmiri, LeT, and Major Iqbal.

Now Kashmiri is reportedly killed again, also in a drone strike, this time in Pakistan yesterday that occurred as he and his fellow terrorists were sipping tea in an apple garden.

A U.S. official says Kashmiri was the target of the drone attack but could not confirm his death. A local militant commander, Baitullah, says he wasn't killed. But HJI is reportedly confirming his death. [More...]

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