August 11, 2005
Release Number: 05-08-14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TALIBAN LEADER KILLED IN FIGHTING NEAR WAZIKWA
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – U.S. Forces confirmed that Taliban leader Qari Amadullah was killed during heavy fighting near the city of Wazikwa in Eastern Afghanistan August 9.
Amadullah was believed to have commanded up to fifty Taliban fighters in the region and was thought to be in possession of a number of weapon systems to include rockets and rocket propelled grenades.
“Killing this individual will significantly disrupt Taliban operations in the region,” said Brig. Gen James G. Champion, Combined Joint Task Force-76 Deputy Commanding General. “We hope that with his death, Amadullah’s forces are able to find the courage to break with the Taliban organization and begin to reconcile with the government of Afghanistan in their efforts to rebuild this war torn nation.”
Amadullah was killed during a firefight with Afghan National Army soldiers and Paratroopers assigned to the 1st battalion, 508th (Airborne) Infantry Regiment. Five other militants were killed and three U.S. service members were wounded. Afghan and U.S. forces were conducting operations in the area designed to kill or capture Taliban leaders.