Abu Ubaydh Al Tunisi

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Abu Ubaydh Al Tunisis (died 2008-09-17) is a citizen of Tunisia reported to be a high value target.[1]

Al Tunisi is reported to have been a foreign volunteer who fought beside Afghan resistance groups during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, during the 1980s.[2][3]


The United States reported, in September 2009, that they believed he had been killed by a missile launched from a Predator UAV in Pakistan's border region that killed 4 to 6 other men on September 17, 2008.[2][3][4]

The missile attack where he was killed was reported around the world, when it occurred.[5][6][7]

A September 2009 survey of 30 Taliban and al Qaeda leaders killed in Pakistan by missile strikes in 2008 and 2009, published by The Long War Journal, distinguished between high-level leaders and mid-level leaders, characterizing Abu Ubaydah Al Tunisi as one of the 16 mid-level leaders killed during that period.[2] The NEFA Foundation, on the other hand, characterized him as a member of “Core al Qaeda”.[8]


  1. Anwar Iqbal (2009-02-09). "Drone strikes killed high-value targets, US tells Pakistan". Dawn (newspaper). Archived from the original on 2012-06-18. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Farchives.dawn.com%2Farchives%2F41274&date=2012-06-18. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Bill Roggio, Alexander Mayer (2012-02-26). "Senior al Qaeda and Taliban leaders killed in US airstrikes in Pakistan, 2004 - 2012". Long War Journal. Archived from the original on 2012-06-18. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.longwarjournal.org%2Fpakistan-strikes-hvts.php&date=2012-06-18. Retrieved 2012-06-18. "Abu Ubaidah al Tunisi: An al Qaeda military commander who fought against the Russians in Afghanistan." 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Casualties in drone attacks in Pakistan". PAK Institute for Peace Studies. 2012. http://san-pips.com/index.php?action=reports&id=tml3. Retrieved 2012-06-22. "Abu Ubaidah al Tunisi, An al Qaeda military commander who fought against the Russians in Afghanistan." 
  4. "High-value targets hit by drones: US paper". Dawn (Pakistan). 2009-06-01. http://archives.dawn.com/archives/39900. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  5. "6 killed, 7 injured in missile attack in Pakistan's tribal region". Xinhua. 2008-09-18. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-09/18/content_10070521.htm. Retrieved 2012-06-22. "Six persons were killed and seven others injured in a missile attack in Pakistan's tribal region on Wednesday, according to private TV channel DAWN NEWS ... Local people said that some foreigners were among the dead." 
  6. "'US drone' kills five in Pakistan". BBC News. 2008-09-17. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7621616.stm. Retrieved 2012-06-22. "At least five people have been killed in a suspected missile attack by a US drone on a village in north-west Pakistan, local officials say. The officials said missiles hit the village of Baghar in South Waziristan, close to the Afghan border." 
  7. Ismail Khan (2008-09-18). "Pakistanis say 5 are killed by U.S. missiles in tribal area". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2012-06-18. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2008%2F09%2F18%2Fworld%2Fasia%2F18iht-18pstan.16257401.html%3F_r%3D1&date=2012-06-18. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  8. Ronald Sandee (2009-04-21). "Core al Qaeda in 2008: A review". NEFA Foundation. http://www.nefafoundation.org/file/FeaturedDocs/nefa_AQin2008.pdf. Retrieved 2012-06-22. "In September 2008, two veteran Mujahidin who fought against the Russians in Afghanistan, Abu Ubaydh al-Tunisi and Abu Wafa al-Saudi, were killed by U.S. Predators." 

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