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May 29, 2012 11:48 am

Senior Al Qaeda Leader Killed in Afghanistan

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta shakes hands with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at a press conference in Kabul. Photo: wiki commons.

TIME – The U.S.-led NATO force in Afghanistan killed al-Qaida’s second-highest leader in the country in an airstrike in eastern Kunar province, the coalition said Tuesday.

Sakhr al-Taifi, also known as Mushtaq and Nasim, was responsible for commanding foreign insurgents in Afghanistan and directing attacks against NATO and Afghan forces, the alliance said. He frequently traveled between Afghanistan and Pakistan, carrying out commands from senior al-Qaida leadership and ferrying in weapons and fighters.

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