Drone Wars Pakistan: Leaders Killed

This is a list of the 58 al-Qaeda, al-Qaeda-affiliated, and Taliban group leaders who have been killed in the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan.

Al-Qaeda and Affiliates
  • May 18, 2005: Haitham al-Yemeni, an al-Qaeda explosives expert
  • December 1, 2005: Abu Hamza Rabia, a top al-Qaeda official
  • January 29, 2008: Abu Laith al-Libi, described as the then-“Number Three” man in al-Qaeda who orchestrated a 2007 suicide attack targeting then-Vice President Dick Cheney while he was visiting Bagram Airfield
  • May 14, 2008: Abu Sulayman Jazairi, an Algerian al-Qaeda planner
  • July 28, 2008: Abu Khabab al-Masri, al-Qaeda’s WMD expert
  • September 4, 2008: Abu Wafa Al Saudi, an al-Qaeda commander and logistician
  • September 8, 2008: Abu Haris, al-Qaeda’s chief in Pakistan
  • October 2008 (exact date unknown): Abu Hassan al-Rimi, an al-Qaeda “emir” who led cross-border operations against coalition forces in Afghanistan
  • October 16, 2008: Khalib Habib, a senior member of al-Qaeda
  • October 31, 2008: Mohammad Hasan Khalil al-Hakim—also known as Abu Jihad al-Masri—al-Qaeda’s propaganda chief
  • November 19, 2008: Abdullah Azzam Al Saudi, a senior member of al-Qaeda
  • November 22, 2008: Abu Zubair al-Masri, a senior member of al-Qaeda
  • 2009 (exact date unknown): Saad bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s second eldest son whose death was confirmed by documents found in the Abbottabad compound
  • January 1, 2009: Osama al-Kini, al-Qaeda’s then-chief of operations in Pakistan who also played a central role in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania
  • January 1, 2009: Sheikh Ahmed Salim Swedan, al-Kini’s lieutenant who also played a role in the 1998 embassy bombings
  • April 29, 2009: Abu Sulayman al-Jazairi, an Algerian al-Qaeda planner who American intelligence officials believe helped train operatives for attacks in Europe and the United States [no relation to the Abu Sulayman al-Jazairi killed on May 14, 2008]
  • September 14, 2009: Nazimuddin Zalalov—also known as Yahyo—a leader of the Islamic Jihad Union and a bin Laden lieutenant
  • December 8, 2009: Saleh al-Somali, al-Qaeda’s external operations chief and the link between al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan and al-Qaeda abroad
  • December 17, 2009: Zuhaib al-Zahibi, a well-known al-Qaeda commander in North Waziristan
  • February 15, 2010: Abdul Haq al-Turkistani, an al-Qaeda-linked leader of the Turkistani Islamic Party
  • February 17, 2010: Sheikh Mansoor, an Egyptian-Canadian al-Qaeda leader
  • March 8, 2010: Sadam Hussein Al Hussami—also known as Ghazwan al-Yemeni—an al-Qaeda planner and explosives expert with contacts in AQAP, the Afghan Taliban, and TTP
  • May 21, 2010: Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, al-Qaeda’s then-“Number Three”
  • September 26, 2010: Sheikh al-Fateh, an al-Qaeda chief in Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • June 3, 2011: Ilyas Kasmiri, a senior al-Qaeda commander in Pakistan
  • August 22, 2011: Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, al-Qaeda’s then-“Number Two”
  • September 11, 2011: Abu Hafs al-Shahri, then-al-Qaeda’s chief of operations in Pakistan
  • January 10, 2012: Aslam Awan, a senior al-Qaeda operations organizer in Abbottabad
  • February 9, 2012: Badar Mansoor, thought to be al-Qaeda’s most senior leader in Pakistan
  • June 4, 2012: Abu Yahya al-Libi, al-Qaeda’s then-“Number Two”
  • September 24, 2012: Abu Akash al-Iraqi, a senior al-Qaeda operative
  • September 24, 2012: Seleh al-Turki, a mid-level al-Qaeda operative
  • December 1, 2012: Abdul Rehman al-Zaman Yemeni, an al-Qaeda operative said to have had links to bin Laden
  • December 6, 2012: Abdel Rehman al-Hussainan—also known as Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti—a senior member of al-Qaeda
  • July 2, 2013: Abu Saif al-Jazeri, senior al-Qaeda operative
Taliban
  • June 18, 2004: Nek Mohammad, a Taliban leader
  • August 13, 2008: Abdul Rehman, a Taliban commander in South Waziristan
  • October 26, 2008: Mohammad Omar, a close associate of Nek Mohammad
  • August 5, 2009: Baitullah Mehsud, the overall leader of TTP
  • December 31, 2009: Haji Omar, a key Taliban commander in North Waziristan
  • January 2010 (exact date unknown): Mahmud Mahdi Zeidan, a Taliban commander from Jordan
  • February 24, 2010: Mohammad Qari Zafar, a Taliban commander wanted in connection with the March 2006 bombing of the U.S. Consulate in Karachi
  • December 17, 2010: Ali Marjan, a local commander of Lashkar-e-Islam
  • October 11, 2012: Maulana Shakirullah, the commander of TTP’s Hafiz Gul Bahadur group
  • October 11, 2012: Umar Haqqani, a Taliban commander in the Punjab region of Pakistan
  • October 27, 2011: Khan Mohammad, one of TTP commander Maulvi Nazir’s deputies
  • October 27, 2011: Hazrat Omar, Maulvi Nazir’s younger brother
  • October 27, 2011: Ashfaq Wazir, a Taliban commander
  • October 27, 2011: Miraj Wazir, a Taliban commander
  • March 13, 2012: Amir Hamza Toji Khel, one of Maulvi Nazir's senior commanders
  • March 13, 2012: Shamsullah, one of Maulvi Nazir's senior commanders
  • August 21, 2012: Badruddin Haqqani, commander of military operations and third-in-command for the Haqqani Network
  • January 2, 2013: Maulvi Nazir—also known as Maulvi Nazir Wazir—the TTP leader in South Waziristan
  • January 2, 2013: Ratta Khan, one of Maulvi Nazir’s deputies
  • January 3, 2013: Shah Faisal, a militant commander under current TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud
  • January 6, 2013: Wali Mohammad Toofan, head of the TTP's suicide wing
  • May 29, 2013: Waliur Rehman, second-in-command of the TTP
  • November 1, 2013: Hakimullah Mehsud, commander of the TTP