Afghan and US Forces-Afghanistan kill top terrorist leaders

The Taliban's "Red Unit" commander in Helmand province, Mullah Shah Wali, aka Haji Nasir, was killed in a kinetic strike in Musa Qalah, Helmand, Dec. 1. Link to strike video is at the bottom of this page.
5 Dec 2017

KABUL, Afghanistan (Dec. 5, 2017) – Afghan and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan conducted several operations over the past weeks that targeted and eliminated top terrorist leaders in Afghanistan.

Afghan Special Security Forces confirmed Dec. 4 the death of Omar Khetab, a senior al-Qaeda leader, as well as multiple other al-Qaeda operatives, after operations in Ghazni, Paktia and Zabul provinces.  Khetab was the second senior leader of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent. He was directly involved in fighting against the Afghan government and foreign troops and had a role in advising in the use of heavy weapons such as rockets, mortars and training for Taliban night attacks.

"This operation is a testament to the real growth the Afghan forces have achieved over the past year,” said General John Nicholson, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan commander. "It is also another example of the lethality of the undefeated Afghan Special Forces and the success of working side by side with our Afghan partners.”

In a separate operation, the Taliban's "Red Unit" commander in Helmand province, Mullah Shah Wali, aka Haji Nasir, was killed in a kinetic strike in Musa Qalah, Helmand, Dec. 1. One of Wali's deputy commanders and three other insurgents were also killed in the strike.

Wali and his "Red Unit” are responsible for planning numerous suicide bombings, Improvised Explosives Device (IED) attacks, and coordinated assaults against civilians, Afghan and coalition forces. Wali was directly responsible for coordinating operations and resupply of munitions, explosives, and materials for the Taliban throughout Helmand province.

"Mullah Shah Wali's death will disrupt the Taliban network, degrade their narcotics trafficking, and hinder their ability to conduct attacks against Afghan forces," Nicholson said. "USFOR-A and our Afghan partners will continue to aggressively target Taliban leaders to destroy their drug network, disrupt their communications, and deny them safe haven."

The Taliban in Helmand province are responsible for poppy cultivation and opium trade that funds their activities.

Both leaders are responsible for the deaths of many innocent Afghans, and their removal will both disrupt the terrorist operations of their respective organizations and improve overall security of the country.

"These two operations together would never have been possible without the close cooperation between Afghan forces and USFOR-A, and they are proof our strategy is working,” Nicholson said. "The entire international community agrees Afghanistan deserves security and lasting peace.”



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