US drone targets Al-Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan

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Kabul: Two top Al-Qaeda leaders have been targeted by US drone attacks in Afghanistan, the sources said.

According to the details, the US drone strikes targeted the Al-Qaeda leaders and called it the most crucial attack against the militant group in several years.

Moreover, the target was conducted in Kunar province in which Al-Qaeda ameer for northern Afghanistan Farooq Al-Qahtani and his ally Bilal al-Utani has been targeted.

They were hiding in two different compounds in Kunar province where US leveled multiple hellfire missiles voicing confidence that they were killed.

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook informed that they are evaluating the results of drone attacks and added that the demise of both of them would represent a significant blow to Al-Qaeda group’s presence in Afghanistan.

Another US official said the attack represented the most significant strike so far against the Al-Qaeda leadership in Afghanistan in several years.

The US military headquarter has been actively looking for Al-Qaeda leader Qahtani for four years. He had longstanding ties with Osama Bin Laden before his death in the 2011 US raid on his Pakistan compound.

Qahtani has been working in Afghanistan since 2009 and led an Al-Qaeda battalion since 2010, it was reported.

 

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