World News – GB – Afghan security forces kill top al-Qaida leader


Abu Muhsin al-Masri was on the FBI’s most wanted list and had been charged with terrorist offenses in the United States

Afghan security forces killed Abu Muhsin al-Masri, a top al-Qaida leader who was on the FBI’s most wanted list, the Afghan National Security Directorate (NDS) said in a tweet on Saturday

Al-Masri has been accused in the United States of providing material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization and of plotting to kill American nationals

Al-Masri, believed to be al-Qaida’s second in command, killed during special operation in Ghazni province, NDS said

Al-Qaida operative, also known as Husam Abd-al-Ra’uf, was an Egyptian national, according to FBI

Last month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there were fewer than 200 Al-Qaida members left in Afghanistan This month marks the 19th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan by the United States to overthrow the Taliban leaders, who sheltered Al-Qaida militants behind the 9/11 attacks

The United States gradually withdrew its troops from Afghanistan after reaching a deal with the Taliban in February Under the deal, foreign forces are expected to leave Afghanistan by May 2021 in exchange for counterterrorism guarantees from the Taliban, who agreed to negotiate a permanent ceasefire and a power-sharing formula with the Afghan government

Intra-Afghan peace process began in Doha last month Despite talks, fighting between the Taliban and Afghan government forces has continued in recent weeks

Last week, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said the Taliban had agreed to ‘reset’ their pledges under a troop withdrawal deal and reduce the number of casualties in the country

Afghanistan, Al-Qaida, Taliban, Afghan National Security Forces, National Security Directorate

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