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US military: 250 al Qaeda operatives killed or captured in Afghanistan this year | FDD’s Long War Journal

US military: 250 al Qaeda operatives killed or captured in Afghanistan this year | FDD’s Long War Journal

American counterterrorism forces have killed or captured approximately 250 al Qaeda operatives in 2016, according to US military officials.

The jihadists taken off the battlefield include 50 leaders and 200 other members of al Qaeda and Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), which is the newest regional branch of Ayman al Zawahiri’s global network.

The figures were first announced by General John W. Nicholson Jr., the commander of NATO’s Resolute Support and US Forces Afghanistan, during a briefing on Dec. 2.

Source: US military: 250 al Qaeda operatives killed or captured in Afghanistan this year | FDD’s Long War Journal