A U.S. air raid that killed as much as 40 marriage ceremony company in Afghanistan additionally killed a prime Al-Qaeda chief, Afghan officers have mentioned.
Up to 18 folks have been additionally wounded within the strike, which hit the Musala Qala district of Helmand province on September 22. However, a tweet from Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) mentioned that a lot of insurgents have been killed as effectively.
Among them was mentioned to be Asim Umar—an Indian nationwide who was appointed head of Al-Qaeda within the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) in 2014.
He was reportedly a former resident of the city of Sambhal, within the northern area of Uttar Pradesh, in response to the Indian Express, however disappeared to Pakistan in 1995 and had not been seen in India since.
According to the newspaper’s intelligence sources, Umar skilled in a jihadist camp in Miranshah, in Pakistan’s northwest, earlier than serving with a number of Kashmir-focused terror teams, reminiscent of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammad.
Umar was appointed as head of AQIS by Taliban chief Ayman al-Zawahiri to extend the recruitment of jihadists from international locations reminiscent of Bangladesh, India and Myanmar.
In 2012, he appeared in a propaganda video celebrating the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 assaults.
Alongside Umar, the NDS mentioned that six different AQIS members have been killed within the Musala Qala assaults, together with Abu Raihan, mentioned to be Umar’s “courier” to Zawahiri. The company launched footage of Umar each lifeless and alive.
U.S. officers have but to verify the deaths, nor has any consultant of Al-Qaeda. However a spokesperson for the Taliban dismissed the information as “enemy-fabricated propaganda,” reported the BBC.
At the time of the airstrikes, U.S. officers have been strongly criticized for the assault—having killed quite a few girls and kids—nonetheless, it was maintained that the goal was reliable because it was a Taliban complicated. Nonetheless, the U.S. is investigating studies of civilian casualties.
Newsweek has contacted the Department of Defense for an replace.
A press release from Afghanistan’s protection ministry following the assault mentioned that on account of the operation in Masa Qala district, 22 international members of the Taliban have been killed and an extra 14 have been arrested.
Among these detained have been 5 Pakistani nationals and a Bangladeshi, the assertion mentioned.
The presence of al-Qaeda-linked Pakistanis among the many lifeless and arrested—together with Umar—raises questions as to the Taliban’s willingness to chop ties with the phobia group, as requested as a part of ongoing peace talks with the U.S.
Washington agreed to withdraw troops from the area if Afghanis complied.