A U.S. counterterrorism airstrike was carried out on March 19 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan. And we now know it was a success! Qari Yasin, the al-Qaida leader responsible for a deadly hotel attack in Islamabad in 2008 and the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team, has been confirmed dead due to the attack.
The Pentagon also said that Yasin had ties to the group Tehrik-e Taliban and had plotted many other al-Qaida terror attacks. His attack of the 2008 where a Marriott Hotel in Islamabad was bombed, killed dozens including two American service members, Air Force Maj. Rodolfo I. Rodriguez of El Paso, Texas, and Navy Cryptologic Technician 3rd Class Petty Officer Matthew J. O’Bryant of Theodore, Alabama.
His 2009 bus attack killed six Pakistani policemen and two civilians, and wounded many others.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in the statement: “The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice.”
The killing of Yasin in eastern Afghanistan lends credence to Pakistani claims that its militant enemies have found sanctuaries there. The neighboring countries routinely charge each other with harboring the other’s enemies.
This is a huge win for freedom. Mattis couldn’t have put it any better.