Al-Qaeda: Attack on CIA agents was revenge for Mehsud's death
The al-Qaeda terror network said its recent attack against a US intelligence base was in retribution for the deaths of several Pakistani Taliban leaders last year, DPA reported.
IntelCenter, an organization specialized in analysing Islamist websites, said Wednesday that al-Qaeda claimed the suicide attack last week, which killed seven agents of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and one Jordanian citizen, was a revenge attack.
According to a statement posted on Islamist websites, the attack avenged the deaths of Baitullah Mehsud, the Pakistani Taliban leader killed by a US missile strike in August, as well as the deaths of Abi Saleh el-Somali and Abdullah el-Libi.
The two other Taliban commanders were killed in a drone attack in Pakistan's North Waziristan region in December.
Al-Qaeda immediately claimed responsibility for the December 30 blast at a US base in Khost, south-eastern Afghanistan.
The attack was carried out by a Jordanian double agent, Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, who had been recruited by the CIA as a counterterrorism intelligence source.