US drone strike AfghanistanA commander of the al-Qaeda terrorist network was killed with four others during separate airstrikes involving unmanned aerial vehicle of the US forces in Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the airstrikes were carried out in southern Zabul and northern Kunduz provinces.

According to a statement by MoD, the al-Qaeda commander killed in the airstrike has been identified as Mullah Mohammad Ali.

The statement further added that the militants were involved in major terrorist attacks and atrocities committed against the citizens of the country.

The airstrike targeting the al-Qaeda comes amid concerns that the terrorist network is attempting to consolidate operations with the other militant groups, including the Taliban insurgents in a bid to expand foothold in the country.

Meanwhile, the Afghan and US forces have stepped up counter-terrorism operations against the terrorist groups in Afghanistan, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.

According to reports, the US Air Force dropped 251 bombs and missiles targeting mainly the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in Afghanistan during the months of January and February.

On the other hand, the Afghan forces are routinely targeting the terrorist groups in Afghanistan with increased capabilities, specifically with the addition of more combat helicopters and fixed wing light attack planes.