Leaders’ death dent Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan: Pentagon
“Sakhr al-Taifi was responsible for commanding foreign insurgents and directing attacks against coalition and Afghan forces,” said Pentagon Press Secretary, George Little.
“He frequently traveled between Afghanistan and Pakistan, carrying out commands from senior Al-Qaeda leadership. He also supplied weapons and equipment to insurgents in the east and managed transport of insurgent fighters into Afghanistan,” he said.
Little said after identifying al-Taifi and an another Al-Qaeda terrorist and taking careful steps to ensure no civilians were in the area, US forces engaged the targets with a precision airstrike. A follow-on assessment determined no civilians were harmed in this operation, he added.
“This operation is another example of our ongoing efforts to degrade and weaken Al-Qaeda's leadership and a reminder of the mission we are pursuing to ensure that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for Al-Qaeda or its militant allies,” Little said.
“Despite the unprecedented pressure we have applied, Al-Qaeda remains a threat to our forces and to our homeland, and we will continue to pursue our goal of dismantling and ultimately defeating them,” he added.
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