(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Al Qaeda’s second-in-command in Afghanistan was killed Sunday during what was described as a joint military operation involving coalition and Afghan forces.
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed the death on Tuesday of Sakhr al-Taifi along with another al Qaeda operative. Both were killed as the result of a NATO air strike in eastern Kunar province.
Al-Taifi, also known as Musthaq and Nasim, was in charge of leading foreign insurgents in Afghanistan and directing attacks on U.S., NATO and Afghan forces.
According to a statement released by the ISAF, al-Taifi frequently traveled between Afghanistan and Pakistan to carry out the commands of senior al Qaeda leadership.
The ISAF stated that no civilians died in the targeted strike on the al Qaeda militant.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN