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NATO, US confirm Al-Qaeda leader’s killing in Afghanistan

NATO, US confirm Al-Qaeda leader’s killing in Afghanistan

Dec 06, 2017 - 12:58

KABUL (Pajhwok): The US and NATO on Wednesday confirmed the killing of a senor Al-Qaeda leader in Afghanistan.

A day earlier, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Omar Khetab, also known as Omar Mansour, was killed along with 80 associates.

Special Forces, army, National Police and NATO’s Resolute Support Mission troops conducted joint operations in Ghazni, Zabul and Paktia provinces.

NATO confirmed in a statement Khetab’s killing and said he had been fighting directly against the government and international forces.

The Al-Qaeda insurgents have also been providing communication support and training for Taliban on night operation, NATO alleged.

NATO general commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson said the operations revealed the Afghan forces had made significant improvement.

“These offensives unveiled the strength of Special Forces and we will continue our cooperation with them,” he said.

Several commanders had been killed by the Special Forces including the group commander Mullah Shawali Aka, in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province.

On the other hand, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis also verified the killing of the senior Al-Qaeda leader in Afghanistan.

However, Taliban rejected the claims. Zabihullah Mujahid, the group’s spokesman, said no operations had been carried out in Ghazni, Zabul and Paktia.