Senior Member of al-Qaeda Killed in Afghanistan
The military operations involved Afghanistan’s army as well as NATO personnel, according to statements released by an official within Afghanistan’s intelligence service, the Afghan National Directorate of Security.
The statement also mentioned that Khetab, who is sometimes referred to as Omar Mansoor, was the second most executive member of his branch in al-Qaeda, known as the “al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent”. The branch is committed to fighting various South Asian governments, including India, Pakistan, Myanmar, and Bangladesh, on behalf of al-Qaeda. This makes him the most senior al-Qaeda leader killed in Afghanistan since 2001.
Though the official refused to release information regarding the operations’ exact time of occurrence, he added that the killing of Khetab took place in Afghanistan’s Gilan district of the Ghazni province.
In addition, according to the same official, 27 other members of the al-Qaeda network were captured and arrested in the provinces of Ghazni, Paktia, and Zabul.
The attacks are said to have destroyed five key al-Qaeda bases in each of the three Afghani provinces of Ghazni, Paktia, and Zabul. The attacks represent a major blow to al-Qaeda’s network in the Southern Asian hemisphere.
According to General John Nicholson, a commander of US forces in Afghanistan, “this operation is a testament to the real growth the Afghan forces have achieved over the past year.” Hopefully, the growing proactivity of Afghanistan’s attacks against terrorist groups will lead to decreased violence, tension, and instability within the nation.