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Top Al-Qaeda leader killed in drone strike in Afghanistan, US confirms

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Washington: The United States has confirmed the death of Al-Qaeda leader Farouq al-Qahtani during a drone strike in Afghanistan last month.

The strike was conducted by the U.S. military on Oct. 23 in Kunar, Afghanistan, officials said.

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“We can now confirm that the precision strike conducted by the U.S. military on Oct. 23 in Kunar, Afghanistan, resulted in the death of senior al-Qaeda leader Faruq al-Qatani,” read a statement issued by the US Department of Defence.

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“Al-Qatani was al-Qaeda’s emir for eastern Afghanistan and one of the terrorist group’s senior plotters of attacks against the United States,” it said..

The statement said: “This successful strike is another example of U.S. operations to degrade international terrorist networks and target terrorist leaders who seek to attack the U.S. homeland, our interests and our allies abroad. Another al-Qaeda leader in Afghanistan, Bilal al-Utabi, was also targeted in a separate strike. We are still assessing the results of that strike.”

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