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Afghan Airstrike Kills a Taliban Intelligence Chief in Helmand Province

(Last Updated On: February 8, 2019)

A Taliban intelligence chief who was responsible for planning and carrying out attacks against Afghan civilians was killed by a “precision airstrike” in the southern province of Helmand, the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission said in a statement Friday.

The RS statement said that the airstrike was conducted in Nowzad district of the province on Wednesday (February 06), killing three Taliban fighters including the armed group’s an intelligence chief Mullah Amad.   

The statement noted that Mullah Amad was traveling along the roadway with two other militants when their vehicle was struck by an Afghan Special Security Forces (ASSF) precision airstrike.

“His removal from Taliban ranks will weaken future Taliban operations in Helmand Province,” the statement added.

 According to the statement, the Afghan forces have killed 19 “hostile” Taliban fighters in Helmand Province since the beginning of this month.

“Taliban members who insist on countering a peaceful solution by committing violence against Afghan civilians will be defeated,” the statement warned.  

The Taliban did not immediately comment in this regard.

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