Senior Afghan Taliban commander killed in air strike, officials say
LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) – A most sensible commander of the Taliban has been killed in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand in a joint operation via Afghan and U.S. Special Forces, Afghan officials and Taliban participants stated on Sunday.
Abdul Manan, who was once in fee of Helmand province for the rebel staff, was once killed together with 29 others via an air strike on Saturday whilst he was once assembly native commanders and combatants in the Nawzad district, Helmand provincial governor Mohammad Yasin Khan stated.
His demise was once showed via Taliban participants in Helmand and neighboring Kandahar province however there was once no preliminary affirmation from the U.S. army, which stated it was once having a look into the incident.
The demise of Mullah Manan, who commanded Taliban combatants as they incessantly larger their regulate over Helmand in the years following the tip of maximum global fight missions in 2014, was once observed as a significant luck via Afghan officials.
“He was the most senior Taliban commander in the south and his death will have an overall impact on security,” one senior safety respectable in Kabul stated.
The document of Manan’s demise comes as each the Western-backed safety forces and the Taliban have driven to realize the momentum concurrently efforts have stepped as much as discover a non violent agreement to finish the 17-year warfare in Afghanistan.
Although contacts have began between U.S. particular envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives, there was no let up in the preventing, with either side aiming to construct a good place in advance of any peace talks.
Reporting via Mohammad Stanekzai, Hamid Shalizi and Jibran Ahmad in PESHAWAR; Writing via James Mackenzie; Editing via Raissa Kasolowsky