Afghan security forces killed seven al Qaeda members in Helmand, including one senior leader, and captured five more in Nangarhar during recent operations. Al Qaeda continues to operate in Afghanistan alongside the Taliban, despite the Pentagon’s claim that the two terror groups do not maintain a strategic relationship.
Afghan Special Forces said that its troops killed Abdul Rahim Al-Mesri and six fighters during a raid in Garmsir district in Helmand province on Aug. 7. Additionally, two fighters from from Pakistan were captured. Al-Mesri and his followers were running a bomb making factory in Garmsir when Afghan Special Forces launched their attack.
Al-Mesri (or al Masri) was described as a “senior Al-Qaeda network leader,” Khaama Press reported. His nom de guerre, al Masri, indicates he is Egyptian, however his nationality has not been confirmed.