World News – GB – Afghan security forces kill top al-Qaeda leader al-Masri

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A tweet from NDS Afghanistan saying they killed Abu Muhsin Al-Masri during operations, along with three profile photos of Al-Masri, can be seen on NDS Afghanistan’s Twitter account on October 24, 2020 NDS Afghanistan via Twitter / via REUTERS

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan security forces have killed Abu Muhsin al-Masri, a top al Qaeda leader who was on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s list of most wanted terrorists, Dominion Command said Afghan security in a tweet on Saturday

Al-Masri has been accused in the United States of providing material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, and of plotting to kill US nationals

Al-Masri, believed to be al-Qaeda’s second in command, killed during special operation in Ghazni province, NDS says

Al-Qaeda agent, also known as Husam Abd-al-Ra’uf, was an Egyptian national, according to FBI

Last month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there were fewer than 200 Al Qaeda operatives left in Afghanistan

This month marks 19 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban leadership, who had harbored Al Qaeda militants who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001

The United States gradually withdrew its troops from Afghanistan after reaching a landmark deal with the Taliban in February

This deal is expected to see foreign forces leave Afghanistan by May 2021 in exchange for counterterrorism guarantees from the Taliban, who have agreed to negotiate a permanent ceasefire and a power-sharing formula with the Afghan government

Intra-Afghan peace process began in Doha last month Despite talks, fighting between the Taliban and Afghan government forces has raged in recent weeks

Last week, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said the Taliban had agreed to « restore » their commitments under a troop withdrawal deal and reduce the number of casualties in the country

Afghanistan, Al-Qaeda, Afghan National Security Forces, Taliban, National Security Directorate

News from around the world – GB – Afghan security forces kill top leader of Al-Qaeda, al-Masri


SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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