Abu Muhsin al-Masri, a senior al Qaeda leader wanted by the US Central intelligence (FBI), has been killed by Afghan security forces. Afghanistan’s intelligence said during a statement.
Al-Masri, an Egyptian national, is assumed to be al-Qa’eda’s second-in-command. He was killed during a special operation within the central province of Ghazni, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said during a tweet on Saturday.
Al-Masri, also referred to as Husam Abd al-Rauf. he’s accused within the us of providing weapons, support , and conspiracy to assassinate a far off terrorist group . In December 2016, the us issued an bench warrant for al-Masri.
Chris Miller, head of the U.S. Counterterrorism Center, confirmed al-Masri’s death during a statement. He said terrorist groups were losing ground within the US and its allies’ operations. Al-Masri’s death was a serious blow to the terrorists on the battlefield.
In a statement, Chris Miller outlined how al Qaeda’s power would be further diminished by the defeat of al-Masari.
Last month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said but 200 al Qaeda members were now conducting terrorist activities in Afghanistan.
At least 16 people were killed during a bombing at an Afghan institution on the day Masri’s death was announced. Another 58 people were injured. The bomber struck shortly after noon ahead of a Shi’ite camp in Afghanistan.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. The Taliban has denied any involvement within the attack.
The us has claimed responsibility for the 9/11 , 2001, attacks on the us . Afghanistan has been accused of harboring al Qaeda. US-led forces later invaded Afghanistan to oust the Taliban. This month marks the 19th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.
The us struck a historic affect the Taliban in February. Then the Trump administration began to scale back its troop numbers from the country.
The two sides agreed to withdraw foreign troops from Afghanistan by May 2021, subject to the reassurance of a counter-terrorism operation. The Taliban and therefore the US-backed Afghan government have also agreed on power-sharing and a permanent ceasefire.
Inter-Afghan peace talks began in Doha, Qatar, last month. Clashes between the Taliban and Afghan government forces continue during the talks. That conflict has escalated dramatically in recent weeks.
Last week, US special envoy Zalmai Khalizad said the Taliban had agreed to reassess its commitment to finish the conflict in Afghanistan on the condition that foreign troops withdraw.