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Top Al-Qaeda commander killed in joint US-Afghan raid on Taliban

(Express) - Asim Omar, head of the terrorist organisation’s South Asia division, was hiding in the Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala, when the joint US-Afghan attack was carried out on September 23. He was killed along with six of his fellow jihadis in a fierce gunfight, that left a further 22 Taliban fighters, including foreigners, dead. An approximated 14 people were also arrested, including five Pakistani nationals and one Bangladeshi.

The success of the operation was marred by the tragic death of guests at a nearby wedding according to claims from a spokesman for the Afghanistan Government.

The US has now been fighting the Taliban for almost two decades, ever since it invaded the country in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in 2001.

President Trump has vowed to bring all US troops home from foreign fields of action and had been seeking a peace deal with the Taliban.