AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: A key commander of the al Qaeda terrorist network was killed in an airstrike conducted by US forces in Afghanistan.
Pentagon issued a statement on Friday confirming that the senior al Qaeda leader, Abu Khalil al-Sudani, was killed in southeastern Paktika province on 11th July.
The statement added that al-Sudani headed suicide and explosive attacks for al Qaeda and was directly linked to external attack planning against the United States, meaning plans for attacks on US or western soil.
In the statement, Carter said the killing of Sudani underscored the work done by General John Campbell, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, and his troops.
“He also directed operations against Coalition, Afghan and Pakistani forces, and maintained a close association with Aymar al-Zawahiri, Al Qaeda’s leader,” the statement said.
“We will continue to counter violent extremism in the region and the world,” Carter said
This comes after the United States halted combat operations against the Taliban but maintain a modest counterterrorism presence that is focused on al Qaeda, which is believed to maintain a presence along the Durand Line.