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Senior al Qaida commander killed by US airstrike in Afghanistan

A senior al Qaida operational commander has been killed in a US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan.

US defence secretary Ash Carter said in a statement that the airstrike killed Abu Khalil al-Sudani on July 11.

Mr Carter added that al-Sudani was a senior shura member and head of al Qaida suicide and explosive operations. He was also directly linked to plots to attack the US.

Al-Sudani also directed operations against coalition, Afghan and Pakistani forces, and maintained a close association with Ayman Al-Zawahiri, the leader of al Qaida.

Mr Carter added that two other "violent extremists" were killed in the airstrike, but did not name them

The strike was in the Bermal district of Paktika province.

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