The Pentagon announced Al-Qaeda’s leader in suicide bombing, Abu Khalil al-Sudani, was among the casualties in the U.S.-led airstrike in Patika province, Afghanistan on July 11.
Al-Sudani was also a confidant of Egyptian jihadist Ayman Al-Zawahiri who now leads the al-Qaeda after Osama Bin Laden’s death.
According to a Telegraph report, Al-Sudani participated in terror plots not just against the United States, but also against Nato troops, Pakistani military and Afghan forces. His works expanded to encompass al-Qaeda’s shura council, where he allegedly served as a senior member. The council serves al-Qaeda’s leader by providing recommendations and guidance.
Two other terrorists, whose names were not yet released by the government, were also killed during the airstrike. “The death of al-Sudani will further degrade al-Qaeda operations across the globe,” a spokesman of the Pentagon was quoted.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter lauded the efforts of General John Campbell and the rest of American troops stationed in Afghanistan.
“This operation underscores the work that General Campbell and all of our forces in Afghanistan do every day to take the fight to al-Qaeda,” Carter said briefly to the media.