US drone strikes has reportedly targeted two of Al-Qaeda terrorist network’s top leaders in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan.

The officials in Pentagon have said the two top Al-Qaeda leaders have likely been killed in the airstrike but the US military in Afghanistan is still assessing the results of the weekend airstrikes.

According to reports, at least 15 insurgents including two Arab nationals and several Pakistani Taliban fighers were killed in the airstrikes.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook quoted by AFP said one of the targets was Faruq al-Qatani, a Qatari national who is Al-Qaeda’s leader for northeastern Afghanistan and who was assigned to reestablish safe havens in the country.

Cook further added that other, Bilal al-Utabi, also was involved in reestablishing safe havens from which the militants could threaten the West while recruiting and training foreign fighter.

“If these strikes are determined to be successful, eliminating these core leaders of Al-Qaeda will disrupt efforts to plot against the United States and our allies and partners around the world, reduce the threat to our Afghan partners, and assist their efforts to deny Al-Qaeda safe haven in Afghanistan,” Cook said.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

Kunar is among the relatively volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are actively operating in a number of its remote districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

Insurgents belonging to Taliban group as well as foreign militants are operating in this province which is located along the Durand Line bordering the tribal regions of Pakistan.

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  • Ahmad Shah Ghanizada

    Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.