Published: Wed, October 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Afghan raid kills top Al-Qaeda commander

Afghan raid kills top Al-Qaeda commander

Al Qaeda South Asian Chief Asim Umar was killed in a US-Afghan joint raid in Afghanistan last month, officials confirmed Tuesday, AFP reported.

- NDS Afghanistan (@NDSAfghanistan) October 8, 20192/2: Omar, a #Pakistani citizen, was #killed along with six other AQIS members, majority Pakistani.

Alongside Umar, the NDS said that six other AQIS members were killed in the Musala Qala attacks, including Abu Raihan, said to be Umar's "courier" to Zawahiri.

'They had been embedded inside the Taliban compound in the Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala, ' a statement from Afghan's intelligence services read.

Al-Qaeda chief Asim Umar, killed in Afg, was 1 of few non-Salafis promoted 2 leadership, showng AQ's bid 2 expand into Deobandi/Sufi territory, where appeal 4 Salafism bn scarce.

Last month, the U.S. announced it killed Osama bin Laden's son, who was believed to be the next-in-line to lead Al-Qaeda.

While U.S. officials believe al-Qaida in Afghanistan to be a considerably smaller force than the Taliban, unilateral and joint U.S. and Afghan raids continue to target the group as part of a counterterrorism mission there.

USA officials also confirmed the deaths, Fox News reported.

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The US launched its war in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 because the Taliban, which then ruled the country, refused to hand over then-al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

An additional 22 Taliban fighters, including foreigners, were killed in the raid.

Umar's death in a Taliban base raises questions about the militant group's pledges during talks with the USA about breaking ties with al Qaeda. Omar is believed to have strengthened the group's global activities in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

On Tuesday, a bomb detonated inside a classroom in eastern Ghazni province, wounding at least 19 university students, a provincial official said.

The offshoot, which has claimed responsibility for attacks in Pakistan and Bangladesh, was announced by Zawahiri in a video statement uncovered in late 2014.

Noori added that two of the wounded are in critical condition.

At least 40 civilians were reported to have been killed in the same operation on a Taliban compound in Helmand province, the BBC reported. It also claimed the murder of five bloggers and a doctor in Bangladesh.

'We told the security forces that we were not members of the Taliban. but both sides ended up killing civilians, ' he said.

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