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Al-Qaeda's South Asia chief, Asim Umar, killed in Afghanistan

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  1. Jyotish

    Jyotish SENIOR MEMBER

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    Asim Umar: Al-Qaeda's South Asia chief 'killed in Afghanistan'

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    Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security shared pictures of a man they claimed was Asim Umar

    A top al-Qaeda leader was killed in a joint US-Afghan military operation last month, says Afghanistan's intelligence agency.

    Asim Umar, the head of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), died in a raid on a Taliban compound in Helmand province on 23 September, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said.

    At least 40 civilians were reported to have been killed in the same operation.

    The US and al-Qaeda have not confirmed Umar's death.

    In a statement shared on Twitter on Tuesday, the NDS said the joint US-Afghan raid took place at a compound in the "Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala" district, where Umar and other AQIS members "had been embedded".

    It said six other AQIS members were also killed, "most" of whom were Pakistani. Abu Raihan, said to be Umar's "courier" to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, was named as one of those killed.

    The NDS shared pictures purportedly showing Umar both alive and dead alongside the statement.

    Further details of the operation and what happened to the bodies were not immediately clear.

    The presence of a senior al-Qaeda leader in a Taliban compound raises questions about the militant group's willingness to cut ties with jihadists as part of peace talks with the United States.

    The US launched its war in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 because the Taliban, which then ruled the country, refused to hand over then-al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

    Until US President Donald Trump broke off peace negotiations last month, Washington and the Taliban appeared close to an agreement that would see US troops begin to withdraw in exchange for the Taliban renouncing and severing ties with groups like al-Qaeda.

    The Taliban have been fighting a bloody insurgency against the Afghan government and foreign troops since it was toppled in 2001 and now controls large areas of the country.

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    At least 40 civilians were killed in the operation

    Officials in Helmand have confirmed that the operation killed many civilians attending a wedding party in the vicinity.

    American officials have said they were investigating reports of dozens civilian casualties.

    But they suggested that most of the dead may have been killed in secondary explosions or by suicide vests worn by militants. Both US and Afghan forces often accuse the Taliban of using civilians as shields.

    CBS News has reported that US special forces were also involved in the operation.

    Umar has headed AQIS since its formation in September 2014.

    Little is known about him but he is said to be originally from India, and spent years in the town of Miranshah, a former militant stronghold in Pakistani tribal areas near the Afghan border.

    He is also reported to have worked with Kashmir-focused groups such as Harkatul Mujahedeen and Jaish-e-Mohammad prior to joining al-Qaeda.

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    Nilu Pule SENIOR MEMBER

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    So they killed a CIA/RAW/Mossad agent gone rogue
     
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    As if RAW is in the same league as CIA/MOSSAD :rofl:
     
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    Afghanistan says al Qaeda leader killed in September wedding party clash

    OCTOBER 9, 2019

    KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan’s intelligence service said that a top al Qaeda militant commander was among those killed during an operation last month in Helmand province that also caused civilian deaths at a wedding party.

    Asim Omar, a Pakistani national, and the leader of al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), was killed in the Musa Qala district of Helmand on Sept. 23, the Afghan National Directorate of Security, (NDS) the country’s intelligence agency said on Twitter on Tuesday.

    At least 40 people, including 12 children, were killed during the joint U.S.-Afghan operation, which occurred days after a U.S. drone strike aimed at militants hiding among farmers killed 32 pine nut harvesters.

    Afghan officials said a house being used by Taliban insurgents to train suicide bombers was located adjacent to the bride’s home that came under fire during the night raid.

    The NDS said that six other militants, including Raihan, who was identified by only one name, were also killed during the raid. The agency said Raihan was Omar’s courier to al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.

    In a statement on Tuesday, the Taliban dismissed the al Qaeda deaths and said the Afghan government is trying to hide the fact that its operations killed civilians.

    The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and ousted the Taliban regime after they refused to hand over members of al Qaeda group behind the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. that killed more than 3,000 people.

    Afghan and U.S. officials say al Qaeda militants are still present in Afghanistan but not usually active, compared with the Islamic State militant group and the Taliban, who often mount attacks on government forces.

    A United Nations report released on June 30 said 717 civilian deaths were attributed to U.S. and Afghan forces during the first six months of the year, compared with 531 blamed on militants.

    Last week President Ashraf Ghani promised measures to reduce civilian casualties and called for extra caution in military operations, and ordered investigations.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...uters/worldNews+(Reuters+World+News)&&rpc=401
     
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    GHALIB BANNED

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    good .
     
  6. Gandhi G in da house

    Gandhi G in da house ELITE MEMBER

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    Going by your claims of the havoc they have wreaked in Pakistan, they must be.
     
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    If you have have enough monkeys typing on typewriters, eventually one of them will write a full script of shakespeare

    Same with RAW, if India throws enough gangus at Pakistan one of them is bound to slime through. Thats not the same thing professionalism and competence though, which CIA and Mossad actually have some sense of.