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Afghan intelligence confirms top al Qaeda leader killed in raid | FDD’s Long War Journal

Afghan intelligence confirms top al Qaeda leader killed in raid | FDD’s Long War Journal

The National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s intelligence service, confirmed that its forces killed Qari Saifullah Akhtar, a top Pakistani al Qaeda leader, during a raid last month in the southern province of Ghazni. Akhtar’s involvement with jihad spanned four decades, and he has been directly linked to Osama bin Laden and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI-D).

The NDS said it killed Akhtar and one of his “comrades” during a raid in the district of Nawa in Ghazni on Jan. 9. It is unclear why the NDS took more than five weeks to confirm Akhtar’s death.

Source: Afghan intelligence confirms top al Qaeda leader killed in raid | FDD’s Long War Journal