Al-Qaida confirms death of Pakistani militant -

Al-Qaida confirms death of Pakistani militant

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Al-Qaida has confirmed the death of one of its commanders in Pakistan, saying he was killed in an American drone strike last month.

The U.S.-based SITE monitoring service said on Friday that the confirmation came in a video statement released on an Internet forum.

The video says Badr Mansoor was killed on Feb. 9 close to the Afghan border. He was alleged to have run a training camp for militants blamed for attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

CIA drone strikes inside Pakistan are one of the main sticking points in tense relations between Washington and Islamabad. Their frequency has dropped in recent months.

But strikes such as the one against Mansoor, believed responsible for the deaths of many Pakistanis, are an indication of their value to both countries.

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