Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

US military targets senior militant in Afghanistan

US military targets senior militant in Afghanistan

Martin O'Donnell said USA forces conducted a "counterterrorism strike" that targeted "a senior leader of a designated terrorist organization".

Pakistani intelligence officials said that Fazlullah was killed along with four other senior TTP commanders on Wednesday, a claim which was also confirmed by Pakistan's ministry of defence.

Fazlullah's group - Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Urdu - was behind the massacre of more than 150 people at a Peshawar school in December 2014, and nine dead in another attack in the same city last December.

In 2014 she won the Nobel Prize, and earlier this year she made an emotional return to Pakistan for the first time since the shooting.

Pakistani Taliban sources also confirmed Fazlullah's death, saying a detailed statement would be issued within hours.

They are separate from the Afghan Taliban who ruled Afghanistan for five years before being ousted in a 2001 US-led military action. He helped preside over a reign of terror in Pakistan's Swat Valley for years, ordering his men to kill and mutilate anyone who he believed opposed his extremist interpretation of Islam.

The US military said on Thursday that it carried out a strike targeting a senior militant leader in Afghanistan.

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Pakistani intelligence officials, who spoke to RFE/RL on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record, said Fazlullah was killed.

In March, the United States offered a $5-million USA reward for information on Fazlullah.

Mohammad Radmanesh, deputy Defense Ministry spokesman in Kabul, told Anadolu Agency that Fazlullah - wanted under the U.S. State Department's Rewards for Justice since this March - was killed in a drone strike carried out two days ago.

Thursday's drone strike, which reportedly killed Fazlullah and five other insurgents when missiles slammed into the vehicle in which they were driving, occurred just hours before Afghanistan's Taliban began a three-day cease fire.

Pakistan has long accused DC and Afghanistan for harboring Fazulllah in Afghanistan, using his presence there as a rebuttal to criticism for not aggressively the Haqqani Network within Pakistan.

Atta-ul-Rahman Salim, deputy head of Afghanistan's High Peace Council, said Taliban fighters from across the country were reportedly entering into government controlled areas to visit their families "and they were being welcomed by government security forces".

Until recently, the Trump administration had been increasing pressure on Pakistan to halt support for Taliban responsible for attacks on United States and Afghan forces.

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