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Leaders’ death dent Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan: Pentagon

Leaders’ death dent Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan: Pentagon

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May 30, 2012 - 10:30

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): The death of Sakhr al-Taifi, the second highest Al-Qaeda leader in Afghanistaninfo-icon, is a major blow to the terrorist’s outfit in the war torn country, the Pentagon said.

 

“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 Pakistaninfo-icon, 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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