The al-Qaeda commander controlled fighting forces in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, the US forces said.
Al-Qaeda Leader Killed in US Strike in Nangarhar
The US forces conducted an airstrike killing an al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) leader, Hazrat Abbas, and his bodyguard in eastern Nangarhar province on April 23, the US forces confirmed on Tuesday.
The operation was launched in Sherzad district of the province and Abbas, a senior AQIS and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander, controlled fighting forces in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, the US forces said.
Abbas’ forces were responsible for numerous attacks and kidnappings on both sides of the border.
Abbas’ integration and command of multiple organizations highlights the relationships between terrorist organizations in Afghanistan and the surrounding region, specifically how regional terrorist groups shelter and facilitate global threat networks.
However, the US forces did not provide further details about the strike.