Air strikes kill Taliban commander, 16 others in NW Afghanistan

Other News Materials 10 June 2009 11:39 (UTC +04:00)

Air strikes against Taliban militants in Afghanistan's northwest Ghor province Tuesday claimed the lives of over a dozen suspected insurgents including their commander, said a statement of U.S. military released Wednesday, reported Xinhua.
According to the statement, the commander is Mullah Mustafa, who was involved in activities against the government and U.S.-led forces in Ghor and neighboring areas.
"Coalition forces observed Mustafa moving by vehicle from his compound. When he stopped in a remote area and was joined by multiple militants," the statement said.
It noted that "determining no civilians would be endangered, Coalition forces used precision aerial munitions to strike the group, killing Mustafa and as many as 16 other associated militants."

Mustafa's hideout was a mountainous area in Shahrak district, the statement added.
However, Taliban insurgents have yet to make comment on the claim.