Senior al-Qaeda leader killed in Afghanistan

Senior al-Qaeda leader killed in Afghanistan

"Up to 27 members of al-Qaida network were also arrested and five main command posts of the network were destroyed during the above raids", the statement added. Rodolfo I. Rodriguez and Navy Cryptologic Technician Third Class Petty Officer Matthew J. "These members of al-Qaeda were directly involved in fighting against the government and foreign troops".

Tuesday's U.S. statement likewise says that "multiple other al-Qaeda operatives" were killed alongside Khetab in operations in those three provinces. "It is also another example of the lethality of the undefeated Afghan Special Forces and the success of working side by side with our Afghan partners".

The Afghan intelligence agency official said Khatab was from the tribal regions in Pakistan and was in his early 40s, but the official did not offer details on how long Khatab was affiliated with al-Qaeda.

Yasin was killed in a U.S. counter-terrorism airstrike, according to the statement.

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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. "The entire international community agrees Afghanistan deserves security and lasting peace". It does not specify in which province Khetab was killed.

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 statement noted: "The Taliban in Helmand province are responsible for poppy cultivation and opium trade that funds their activities". Wali coordinated the resupply of ammunition and explosives for the Taliban throughout Helmand, U.S. military officials said.