Air Strike Kills Key Pakistani Taliban Leader

Posted August 25th, 2012 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Coalition forces say an airstrike in eastern Afghanistan has killed a leader of the Pakistani Taliban.

The international alliance says the operation Friday in the Shigal district in Kunar province killed Maulawi Dadullah and several others. Media reports say 12 insurgents were killed in the attack.

NATO says Dadullah, who was also known as Jamal, was responsible for the movement of fighters and weapons, as well as attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

Dadullah reportedly replaced Maulvi Faqir Mohammed last year as the leader of the Taliban in Pakistan's Bajaur tribal agency, near the border with Afghanistan.

Separately, Pakistani and militant sources say a U.S. drone strike this week killed Badruddin Haqqani, a top commander of the Haqqani terrorist network in northwest Pakistan. U.S. and Pakistani officials have not confirmed the death.

The Haqqani network has ties to both al-Qaida and the Taliban. The militant group has been blamed for a number of attacks on U.S. forces in Afghanistan.