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Pentagon confirms deaths of top al Qaeda, Taliban leaders

Pentagon confirms deaths of top al Qaeda, Taliban leaders Pentagon confirms deaths of top al Qaeda, Taliban leaders
Orlondo Matamoros | Diciembre 06, 2017, 00:27

Afghan officials say they have killed dozens of Al-Qaeda officials during operations in eastern and southern Afghanistan, including senior leader Omar Khetab.

The statement introduced the killed leader as Omar Khetab, saying Khetab was the second senior leader of the network operating in parts of Afghanistan.

The statement made no mention of when the operations took place.

The operations were conducted in Ghazni, Zabul, and Paktia provinces.

The Afghan intelligence service also said earlier that Wali was killed in Helmand province.

According to the Defense Department, Yasin was also responsible for the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.

The US also announced the death of the leader of the "Red Unit" - the Taliban's "special forces" in Helmand, a southern province where insurgents control ten of its 14 districts. He added that the United States and the Afghan government "will continue to aggressively target Taliban leaders to destroy their drug network, disrupt their communications, and deny them safe haven".

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The Taliban Red Unit was responsible for planning numerous suicide bombings and improvised explosive attacks and coordinating assaults against civilians and Afghan and coalition troops.

The group has yet to make comments.

Nicholson, speaking in a news conference with Pentagon reporters last week, said that he still saw a degree of collaboration and a "close relationship" between al-Qaida and the Taliban.

AQIS still provides the Taliban with specialized training in bombmaking and weapons training, and the United States has continued to hunt its members, Nicholson said.