Kabul: Al Qaeda’s second in command in Afghanistan and one other unnamed militant had been killed in an air strike near the Pakistani border, NATO said on Tuesday 29 May 2012.
According to media reports quoting International Security Assistance Force (ISAF),Saudi-born Sakhr al-Taifi, also known as Mushtaq and Nasim, commanded foreign fighters and directed attacks on NATO and Afghan troops.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) described him as al Qaeda’s “second highest leader in Afghanistan”, saying he frequently travelled between Afghanistan and Pakistan, “carrying out commands from senior al Qaeda leadership”.
- NATO Says Senior Al-Qaeda Leader Killed In Afghan Air Strike (rferl.org)
- BBC- Nato ‘kill senior al-Qaeda militant’ in Afghanistan (bbc.co.uk)