A senior Taliban commander has been killed in a joint military operation by Afghan security forces and US - led forces in Afghanistan’s northern province of Balkh.
“A(combined) Afghan and coalition security force killed a senior Taliban leader, Shah Gul, during an operation in the Chimtal district, Balkh province, yesterday, ” said the US - led International Security Assistance Force(ISAF) in a statement on Thursday.It also said that another Taliban commander was arrested during a joint operation in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on Thursday. The statement said that “Gul had operational control over a group of fighters responsible for numerous attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He was involved in kidnapping operations, procuring and distributing weapons and military equipment to insurgents in the local area, and collecting illegal taxes in order to fund insurgent activities.” On February 12, another senior Taliban commander was killed in a joint military operation carried out by Afghan forces and the US-led soldiers in the southern province of Kandahar. The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 under the pretext of combating terrorism. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across the country despite the presence of thousands of US-led soldiers.