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Taliban commander killed in eastern Afghanistan

Iran Press TV

Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:47PM GMT

A local Taliban commander has been killed in a joint military operation by Afghan security forces and US-led soldiers in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar.

According to a statement released by the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Tuesday, “An Afghan and coalition security force killed Taliban leader, Hamza, during an operation in Khugyani district, Nangarhar Province, yesterday.”

“Hamza was responsible for coordinating and conducting attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in Khugyani district,” the statement added.

On February 12, a senior Taliban commander was killed in a joint military operation carried out by Afghan forces and the US-led soldiers in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar.

Following the operation, ISAF issued a statement saying that “Tor Jan, also known as Graan, was a Taliban leader and facilitator who organized attacks against Afghan and coalition forces...The security forces conducted a precision strike, killing him.”

Analysts say, the United States is indulged in clobbering senior Taliban leaders under the cover of political negotiations in the war-torn Afghanistan.

The United States, which currently has about 66,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan, invaded the country in 2001 under the pretext of ending the Taliban rule and bringing stability.

Twelve years after the invasion of Afghanistan, violence, rising insecurity, and social problems still appear to have no end in sight.

MAM/JR/SL



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