Pakistan Security Brief

U.S. officials confirm death of al Qaeda’s second-in-command in drone strike; U.S. Defense Secretary says drone strikes to continue; NATO helicopter intrudes into Pakistani airspace; U.S. to continue to negotiate reopening of supply routes with Pakistan; President Zardari in China for Shanghai Cooperation Organization meetings; Report concludes Pakistan impeding U.S. efforts to curb flow of bomb-making materials; Afghanistan accuses ISI of poisoning plot; Lashkar-e-Islam attacks injure 14; DPC calls for death sentence for Afridi. 

Drone Strikes and Death of Top Al Qaeda Leader

  • On Tuesday, U.S. officials confirmed that a drone strike directed at a compound in the village of Hassu Khel in North Waziristan had killed Abu Yahya al Libi, reportedly al Qaeda’s second-in-command behind Ayman al Zawahiri. While the details of the attack were initially unclear, apparent confirmation came through on Tuesday with U.S. officials claiming that al Libi was the only person killed by the strike. A local tribesman, speaking to New York Times via phone, said three to five militants had actually been killed in the attack, according to Taliban sources. Speaking about the result of al Libi’s death, White House spokesman Jay Carney said “there is no clear successor to take on the breadth of his responsibility, and that puts additional pressure on al Qaeda.”[1]

U.S.-Pakistani Relations


International Relations

Afghanistan-Pakistan Relations

  • Afghan intelligence on Wednesday accused the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of poisoning schoolgirls in Takhar province in an effort to “sabotage the Shanghai Conference and the success of Afghan education,” according to the Afghan National Directorate of Security spokesman Lutfullah Mashal. Afghan police have arrested 15 suspects in connection to a mysterious illness that has plagued several schoolgirls in Takhar province over the past two weeks. Speaking to AFP, a Pakistani intelligence official refuted the accusation, calling it “absurd and senseless.”[10]


Osama bin Laden Informant

[1] Declan Walsh and Eric Schmitt, “Drone Strike Killed No. 2 in Al Qaeda, U.S. Officials Say,” New York Times, June 5, 2012. Available at
[2] “3 US consulate employees granted bail,” Daily Times, June 6, 2012. Available at\06\06\story_6-6-2012_pg7_21
[3] “US to keep up attacks on al Qaeda in Pakistan: Panetta,” AFP, June 6, 2012. Available at
Lolita C. Baldor, “Panetta: Drone Attacks Will Continue in Pakistan,” AP, June 6, 2012. Available at
[4] Julian Pecquet, “Panetta’s trip to India stirs trouble with Pakistan,” The Hill’s Global Affairs, June 6, 2012. Available at
[5] Tom Vanden Brook, “Report: Pakistan hindering efforts to curb Taliban IEDs,” USA Today, June 6, 2012. Available at
[6] “Nato helicopters intrude into North Waziristan,” The News, June 6, 2012. Available at
[7] “DOD News Briefing with Capt. Kirby from the Pentagon,”  U.S. Department of Defense, June 5, 2012. Available at
[8] “President to seek full membership of Pakistan in SCO,” AFP, June 6, 2012. Available at
[9] Mariana Baabar and Shoaib A. Raja, “PM Gilani invites EU observers to oversee general elections,” The News, June 6, 2012. Available at
“Nisar for early Pakistan-EU Free Trade Agreement,” Daily Times, June 6, 2012. Available at
[10] “Afghans accuse Pakistan over schoolgirls ‘attacks’,” AFP, June 6, 2012. Available at
[11] “14 Lashkar members injured in grenade attack,” The News, June 6, 2012. Available at
[12] “Three more fall prey to target killings in metropolis,” Daily Times, June 6, 2012. Available at\06\06\story_6-6-2012_pg12_14
[13] “Four children injured during Bajaur Agency IED blast,” Express Tribune, June 6, 2012. Available at
[14] “Difa-e-Pakistan demands death sentence for Dr. Shakil Afridi,” Express Tribune, June 5, 2012. Available at
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