Killing of Al-Qaeda leader an example of Afghan Special Forces lethality: Nicholson
By Khaama Press - Wed Dec 06 2017, 7:01 pm
The commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission and the US forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson has said the recent operation resulting into the killing of a top Al-Qaeda leader is an example of the lethality of the Afghan Special Forces. (Photo: NATO Resolute Support Mission)
“This operation is a testament to the real growth the Afghan forces have achieved over the past year,” he said.
Gen. Nicholson further added “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 security authorities said Tuesday that a top leader of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network has been killed along with at least 80 other militants during the operations of the Afghan and US forces.
The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), the militants were killed during the operations conducted in Ghazni, Zabul, and Paktia provinces.
According to NDS, the senior Al-Qaeda leader killed during the operation has been identified as Omar Khetab who was also famous was Omar Mansoor.
This comes as the Afghan and US forces have stepped up counter-terrorism efforts during the recent months to suppress the terror groups who are attempting to expand their foothold in Afghanistan.
Earlier, a similar operation resulted in the death of Qari Yasin, a well-known al Qaida terrorist leader responsible for the deaths of dozens of innocent victims, including two American service members.
According to Pentagon, Yasin, a senior terrorist figure from Balochistan, Pakistan, had ties to Tehrik-e Taliban and had plotted multiple al Qaida terror attacks, including the Sept. 20, 2008, bombing on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad that killed dozens of innocent people, among them U.S. Air Force Maj. Rodolfo I. Rodriguez and Navy Cryptologic Technician Third Class Petty Officer Matthew J. O’Bryant.