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Al-Qaeda's No. 2 Leader In Afghanistan Killed In Airstrike

Al-Qaeda's second highest leader in Afghanistan Sakhr al-Taifi was killed in a combined air strike by Afghan and coalition forces at the weekend.

Sakhr al-Taifi and one of his associates were killed in a security operation conducted on Sunday in Watahpur district, Kunar province, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a press release on Tuesday.

"After positively identifying Sakhr al-Taifi and one additional al-Qaeda terrorist, and ensuring no civilians were in the area, the security force engaged the targets with a precision air strike," it added. ISAF claimed that no civilian property was damaged and no civilians were harmed in the operation.

Also known as Musthaq and Nasim, Sakhr al-Taifi was responsible for commanding foreign insurgents, in addition to directing attacks against coalition and Afghan forces, according to ISAF.

The Saudi terrorist frequently traveled between Afghanistan and Pakistan, carrying out commands from senior al-Qaeda leadership. He also supplied weapons and equipment to eastern insurgents and managed the illegal transport of insurgent fighters into Afghanistan.

Two armed insurgents were shot dead in an operation by Afghan and coalition security force to detain a Haqqani leader in Gomal district, Paktika province, on Tuesday, ISAF said in a separate statement. The security forces recovered multiple AK-47s and magazines with ammunition.

Three Taliban suicide bombers were killed when their explosive devices exploded prematurely inside the car in which they were traveling on the way to a planned terrorist attack in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar, Xinhua reported on Tuesday, citing the Governor of Momandara district.

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