Qaeda strike confirmed: Abu Khalil Al-Sudani killed

Published: July 24, 2015

Qaeda strike confirmed: Abu Khalil Al-Sudani killed, US Defence Secretary Ash Carter says a US air strike has killed a senior al-Qa’ida operational commander in eastern Afghanistan.

He said in a statement Friday that the air strike killed Abu Khalil Al-Sudani on July 11.

“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.

“He also directed operations against Coalition, Afghan and Pakistani forces, and maintained a close association with Aymar al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s leader.”

Carter called Al-Sudani a senior shura member and head of al-Qa’ida suicide and explosive operations, and said he is directly linked to plots to attack the United States.

He said Al-Sudani also directed operations against coalition, Afghan and Pakistani forces, and maintained a close association with Ayman Al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaeda.

Carter added that two other “violent extremists” were killed in the air strike.

He did not name the two others.

The strike was in the Bermal district of Paktika province.

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