NATO says senior Al-Qaeda leader killed in Afghan air strike
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||29 May 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, NATO says senior Al-Qaeda leader killed in Afghan air strike, 29 May 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4fcf5f2e23.html [accessed 27 May 2015]|
May 29, 2012
NATO says a senior Al-Qaeda leader has been killed in an air strike in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar Province.
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Saudi-born Sakhr al-Taifi, also known as Mushtaq and Nasim, was Al-Qaeda's second most senior leader in Afghanistan.
ISAF said Taifi was responsible for commanding foreign insurgents and directing attacks against NATO and Afghan forces.
Officials said he was believed to travel frequently between Pakistan and Afghanistan to manage the transport of militant fighters into Afghanistan and also supply weapons and equipment to militants.
Officials said the air strike that killed Taifi and another suspected Al-Qaeda militant took place on May 27 in Kunar's Watahpur district.
Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and dpa