Map of Wana / Laman Pakistan region where Osama bin Laden heir apparent Ilyas Kashmiri was killed in a drone attack (map, kmz)

Ilyaas Kashmiri, a Pakistani terrorist at times associated with the Pakistani secret services was killed in a drone attack in the tribal region (South Waziristan Agency area) of Pakistan. It is quite possible the he was turned in by his former handlers as a sign of goodwill after Osama bin Laden was discovered in the heart of Pakistan, hiding in a major garrison town. The ISI was suspected of having turned a blind eye to Osama bin Laden’s presence in Pakistan.

Ilyas Kashmiri, Pakistani terrorist killed by US drones
Ilyas Kashmiri, Pakistani terrorist killed by US drones

Ilyas Kashmiri

Kashmiri was a prominent and charismatic Al Qaeda leader. He participated in the early Afghan war and brought to terror actions a military approach.

The location of his death is a desolate area of Pakistan, with poor roads and forbidding climate and landscape. Some call it the “Ghwakhwa” region.

Presumptive location of the village where Ilyas Kashmiri was killed, 10 km W of Wana, in the South Waziristan Agency area.

Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei - Professor of Communication at Purdue University - studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).