Regional Al-Qaeda Leader Killed In Afghanistan, Say Officials

Regional Al-Qaeda Leader Killed In Afghanistan, Say Officials

Regional Al-Qaeda Leader Killed In Afghanistan, Say Officials

The late September assault on the facility in Afghanistan's Helmand Province resulted in the deaths of Asim Omar and six other members of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, including a courier for Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, Afghanistan's intelligence agency said in a tweet.

Terrorist group al-Qaeda's South Asia chief was killed in Afghanistan during a joint U.S.

"They had been embedded inside the Taliban compound in the Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala", the NDS said in a statement. U.S. -Taliban peace talks are now tabled.

The National Directorate of Security issued an unclassified statement with the picture of the slain AQIS chief Asim Omar, reportedly killed in a joint U.S.

At least 40 people attending a wedding party in the area were killed on the same day, according to provincial officials, in the US airstrikes.

News of Omar's death comes on the 18th anniversary of the first American airstrikes in Afghanistan, and several weeks after President Trump confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden's son Hamza in September.

The Taliban are at their strongest since their ouster in 2001 and hold sway over more than half the country, staging near-daily, deadly attacks across Afghanistan.

In October 2015, USA and Afghan forces targeted a large training camp in Kandahar Province, killing over one hundred operatives linked to AQIS al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent.

On Tuesday, a bomb detonated inside a classroom in eastern Ghazni province, wounding at least 19 university students, a provincial official said. One of the key conditions in the talks, which broke down last month, was that the Taliban would not allow al Qaeda and other terror groups to operate from Afghan soil.

It has also claimed responsibility for the murders of activists and writers in Bangladesh, including that of US citizen Avijit Roy, US Embassy local employee Xulhaz Mannan, and of Bangladeshi nationals Oyasiqur Rahman Babu, Ahmed Rajib Haideer and AKM Shafiul Islam. Noori says five students were also wounded in that blast. The Taliban and IS killed 531 and wounded 1,437, down 43 per cent.

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