Published: Sun, November 06, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

US says airstrike killed al-Qaida leader in Afghanistan

US says airstrike killed al-Qaida leader in Afghanistan

A senior Al Qaeda leader who helped direct the group's global operations was killed last month in a USA airstrike in Afghanistan, the Pentagon confirmed Friday.

The US military confirmed Friday it had killed Al Qaeda's emir for northeastern Afghanistan during an air strike last month, in a major blow to the group as it seeks to re-establish safe havens in the country.

Farouq al-Qahtani, the group's leader in the area, was killed two weeks ago in what the Pentagon described as a precision strike. Therefore Fusion Media doesn't bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

The Pentagon spokesman also said that the United States military had targeted another senior al-Qaeda leader, Bilal al-Utabi, in a separate strike, but they are still assessing the results of that strike.

Officials previously told NBC News that last month's attack was "the most significant al Qaeda strike in Afghanistan in several years", which involved Hellfire air-to-surface missiles hitting a compound. U.S. forces killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011 in his hideout in Abbottabad in northeastern Pakistan.

The Pentagon has been hunting for al-Qatani for four years.

His deputy Utabi was seen as the second- or third-most senior al-Qaida leader in Afghanistan.

There are no reports regarding the fate of al-Utabi with Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook saying the fate of Utabi remains unclear.

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