U.S. strike in Afghanistan killed al-Qaeda leader, Pen­tagon says

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION - BY THOMAS GIB­BONS-NEFF thomas.gib­bons­neff@wash­post.com

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.

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