Kabul: The leader of Al-Qaeda’s India chief Asim Umar was killed in Southern Afghanistan in a joint operation carried out by US-Afghan security forces. Asim Umar, who led the Indian branch of Al-Qaeda since its inception in 2014, was killed during a raid on a Taliban compound in the Musa Qala district of Helmand Province.
Asim was killed along with other AQIS (Al Qaeda Indian Subcontinent) members belonging mostly from Pakistan. Reportedly, the raid was part of a lengthy and confusing overnight operation between September 22 and 23 for which the U.S provided air support. Authorities said they would investigate reports that 40 civilians, including children, were killed in an airstrike during the operation.
Under a stalled withdrawal plan negotiated between the US and the Taliban, Washington agreed to pull troops from Afghanistan if the insurgents abide by security guarantees and cut all ties with Al-Qaeda.