20 Oct '17, 12am

US kills influential al Qaeda-linked Pakistani Taliban leader in Afghanistan | FDD's Long War Journal

Omar Khalid [center], from a propaganda video. Image from the SITE Intelligence Group. The US military killed Omar Khalid al Khurasani, the leader of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar who was closely tied to the emir of al Qaeda, ending a decade-long manhunt. Khurasani was killed in a series of airstrikes in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Paktia that took place earlier this week. A Jamaat-ul-Ahrar spokesman confirmed Khurasani’s death. “Chief of our Jamaat-ul-Ahrar Umar Khalid Khorasani, who sustained serious injuries in a recent US drone strike in Afghanistan’s Paktia province, succumbed to his injuries Wednesday evening,” spokesman Asad Mansoor told AFP in a phone call. Nine other JuA members were also killed in the strike that killed Khurasani. Khurasani was an influential leader within JuA and the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. He was a founder of the Movement of the Taliban in...

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