Airstrike Kills Senior Al-Qaida Leader in Afghanistan

Posted May 29th, 2012 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan and coalition forces say an airstrike has killed al-Qaida's second-highest leader in Afghanistan.

In a statement Tuesday, the coalition identified the leader as Sakhr al-Taifi, a Saudi also known as Musthaq and Nasim.

It said he directed attacks against coalition and Afghan forces, traveled frequently between Afghanistan and Pakistan carrying out commands from senior al-Qaida leadership, and supplied weapons and supplies to insurgents in eastern Afghanistan.

The statement said the airstrike happened Sunday in Kunar province, and killed one other al-Qaida terrorist.