Qari Ismail

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Qari Ismail, a Taliban commander, was credited with downing an American Special Forces helicopter responding to Operation Red Wings in June 2005, killing all 16 soldiers aboard.[1]

On 2 October 2003, Ismail, Ahmed Khadr and his son Abdulkareem, al-Jowfi, al-Iraqi and Khalid Habib were all staying at a South Waziristan safe house. The following day, after Fajr prayers, Khadr told his son that Pakistani troops had warned a raid was scheduled in the village, and told him to start moving.[2] A few minutes later, a Pakistani helicopter team and hundreds of security forces attacked the village.[3]

In August 2004, Pakistan reported that it had arrested Ismail as a "key element" of al-Qaeda.[4][5]