2017-12-07

Nicholson commends Afghan special forces in killing of al-Qaeda leader

Salaam Times

KABUL -- The commander of NATO-led forces in Afghanistan, US Gen. John Nicholson, has praised the capabilities of Afghan special forces after they killed a top al-Qaeda leader, Khaama Press reported Wednesday (December 6).

"It is also another example of the lethality of the undefeated Afghan special forces and the success of working side by side with our Afghan partners," Nicholson said.

"This operation is a testament to the real growth the Afghan forces have achieved over the past year," he said.

Omar Khetab, the second-ranking leader of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) after Asim Omar, and 80 other terrorists were killed by Afghan forces in operations in Ghazni, Zabul and Paktia provinces, Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement. No date was given for the operation.

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