Al Qaeda leader killed in US air strike in Afghanistan

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Kabul, July 24: A top Al Qaeda commander and two of its other leaders have been killed in a US air strike in Afghanistan, media reported.

Abu Khalil al-Sudani, a "high-ranking Al-Qaeda operational commander was killed in an attack took place in Paktika province on July 11, reported Dawn online citing a statement issued by the Pentagon.

Al Qaeda leader killed in Afghanistan

"Al-Sudani was one of three known violent extremists killed in the strike. The death of al-Sudani will further degrade Al Qaeda operations across the globe," the statement said.

Sudani has been described as a senior member of shura council, an advisory that provides guidance and recommendations to al-Qaeda's leader. He was also head of Al Qaeda's suicide and explosive operations, and said he was directly linked to plotting attacks against the US.

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"Sudani also directed operations against Coalition, Afghan and Pakistani forces, and maintained a close association with Aymar al-Zawahiri, Al Qaeda's leader," the statement said.

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