07 Aug '18, 3pm

Afghan forces target al Qaeda commanders in Helmand and Nangarhar | FDD's Long War Journal

Screenshot from Dec. 2016 Taliban video that emphasized the ties between al Qaeda and the Taliban. Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden and Taliban founder Mulla Omar (center, top) are shown side by side in an image that promotes the martyrs of jihad. Afghan security forces killed seven al Qaeda members in Helmand, including one senior leader, and captured five more in Nangarhar during recent operations. Al Qaeda continues to operate in Afghanistan alongside the Taliban, despite the Pentagon’s claim that the two terror groups do not maintain a strategic relationship. Afghan Special Forces said that its troops killed Abdul Rahim Al-Mesri and six fighters during a raid in Garmsir district in Helmand province on Aug. 7. Additionally, two fighters from from Pakistan were captured. Al-Mesri and his followers were running a bomb making factory in Garmsir when Afghan Special Forces l...

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