Senior Al-Qaeda leader killed in Afghanistan

25 Octobre, 2020, 10:53 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Afghan Forces Kill Senior al-Qaida Leader

Afghan special forces have killed a high-ranking Al-Qaeda leader who was also wanted by the United States, Afghanistan's intelligence service said late yesterday.

He was killed in a special operation in Ghazni province in eastern Afghanistan, the country's national directorate of security said in a tweet.

The al Qaeda operative, who also went by the name Husam Abd-al-Ra'uf, was an Egyptian national, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

He was charged in the U.S. with conspiring to kill USA nationals and providing resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

This month marks 19 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan to topple the Taliban rulers, who had harbored al Qaeda militants who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001.

Since February, the United States has gradually been reducing troop numbers in Afghanistan following a deal with the Taliban.

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Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack on social media, but did not provide any evidence to support this.

That deal is set to see foreign forces leave Afghanistan by May 2021 in exchange for counterterrorism guarantees from the Taliban, which agreed to negotiate a permanent ceasefire and a power-sharing formula with the Afghan government.

The intra-Afghan peace process kicked off in the Qatari capital, Doha, last month.

On Friday, rights group Amnesty International (AI) said at least 50 people were killed in attacks in the past week, accusing the Taliban and the Afghan government of failing to protect people.

Last week, US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said the Taliban had agreed to "re-set" their commitments under a troop withdrawal deal and reduce the number of casualties in the country.

The Taliban government's sheltering of Al Qaeda was the original reason for the USA invasion of Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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