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World Afghan security forces kill senior al Qaeda leader al-Masri

04:05  25 october  2020
04:05  25 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Afghan security forces have killed Abu Muhsin al - Masri , a senior al -Qaida leader who was on the FBI’s most-wanted list, Afghanistan ’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a tweet late on Saturday. Al - Masri has been charged in the United States with having provided material support and

WASHINGTON: A senior Al - Qaeda commander linked to major attacks in Pakistan including the bombing of a luxury hotel and an assault on a cricket team has been killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan , Washington said Saturday.

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan security forces have killed Abu Muhsin al-Masri, a senior al Qaeda leader who was on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Most Wanted Terrorists list, Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a tweet late on Saturday.

text: A tweet from NDS Afghanistan saying that they have killed Abu Muhsin Al-Masri in operations, accompanied by three profile photos of Al-Masri, is seen on NDS Afghanistan's Twitter account © Reuters/NDS AFGHANISTAN A tweet from NDS Afghanistan saying that they have killed Abu Muhsin Al-Masri in operations, accompanied by three profile photos of Al-Masri, is seen on NDS Afghanistan's Twitter account

Al-Masri has been charged in the United States with having provided material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organisation, and conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals.

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Senior leader of Al - Qaeda Hassam Abdul rauf aka Mohsen Al - Masri , was killed in the raid of Afghan intelligence NDS in the Andar district of #Ghazni province, # Afghanistan . pic.twitter.com/euXw5yEF1D.

Al - Qaeda 's number three leader and Afghan operations chief, Mustafa Abu al -Yazid, has been killed , reports say. Mr Yazid, also known as Sheikh Said US officials say they believe he was killed recently in the tribal areas of Pakistan in an American drone attack. Previous reports of his death have been

Al-Masri, believed to be al Qaeda's second-in-command, was killed during a special operation in Ghazni province, the NDS said.

The FBI declined to comment.

The al Qaeda operative, who also went by the name Husam Abd-al-Ra'uf, was an Egyptian national, according to the FBI.

Last month, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said fewer than 200 al Qaeda operatives remain in Afghanistan.

This month marks 19 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan to topple the Taliban rulers, who had harboured al Qaeda militants who attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.

The United States has been gradually drawing down its troops from Afghanistan after striking a landmark deal with the Taliban in February.

That deal is set to see foreign forces leave Afghanistan by May 2021 in exchange for counterterrorism guarantees from the Taliban, which agreed to negotiate a permanent ceasefire and a power sharing formula with the Afghan government.

The intra-Afghan peace process kicked off in Doha last month. Despite the talks, fighting between Taliban and Afghan government forces has raged in recent weeks.

Last week, U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said the Taliban had agreed to "re-set" their commitments under a troop withdrawal deal and reduce the number of casualties in the country.

(Reporting by Hamid Shalizi; Writing by Euan Rocha; Editing by Alison and Grant McCool)

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