Al Qaeda's second in command in Afghanistan has been killed in the country's east near the border with Pakistan. Saudi Sakhr al-Taifi was said to have directed attacks on NATO and Afghan troops.
The US-led NATO force in Afghanistan confirmed on Tuesday that Sakhr al-Taifi was killed in an airstrike in eastern Kunar province over the weekend.
One other al Qaeda militant was said to have died in Sunday's offensive.
Described in a statement as al Qaeda's "second highest leader in Afghanistan," the alliance said Saudi-born al-Taifi travelled frequently into Pakistan, "carrying out commands from senior Al Qaeda leadership."
He also supplied weapons and equipment to militants and transported insurgent fighters into Afghanistan, the military said.
A follow-up assessment of the airstrike concluded that no civilians were harmed.
ccp/msh (AFP, AP, Reuters)