KABUL -- Afghan and coalition forces have killed about 80 al-Qaeda fighters, including a senior leader, in Zabul, Ghazni and Paktia provinces, TOLOnews reported Tuesday (December 5), quoting the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS).
No exact date was given for the operations.
Omar Khetab, the second-ranking leader of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) after Asim Omar, was among those killed, the statement said.
Some Taliban members were killed. The al-Qaeda terrorists "had a role in advising in the use of heavy weapons like rockets, mortars and training for the Taliban's night attacks," according to the statement.
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