U.S. strike in Afghanistan killed al-Qaeda leader, Pentagon says
A U.S. airstrike last week in southeastern Afghanistan targeted an al-Qaeda leader connected to multiple terrorist attacks, including a hotel bombing in 2008 that killed two U.S. service members, the Pentagon said Saturday.
The March 19 strike, probably carried out by a drone, killed Qari Yasin in Afghanistan’s Paktika province.
Yasin, a longtime al-Qaeda militant, was acting as a trainer for the Pakistani Taliban when he was killed, according to a statement by the group that was released Wednesday and translated by the Long War Journal.
The statement also said that three of Yasin’s “companions” were killed in the strike.