Sixteen Afghan Pro-Government Fighters Killed In Taliban Attack

Sixteen Afghan Pro-Government Fighters Killed In Taliban Attack

Sixteen Afghan Pro-Government Fighters Killed In Taliban Attack

The illegal narcotics trade funds 65 percent of insurgent activities, and the US military has recently unleashed a new air campaign to destroy drug labs in a bid to disrupt Taliban financial resources in Helmand, which borders Pakistan.

A pair of suspected USA missile strikes killed the militant leader, Khalid Mehsud, also known by his alias Sajna, on Thursday last week in Afghanistan's Paktika province, near the border with Pakistan, Pakistani security officials said.

According to a statement, Sajna was killed in an American drone strike on February 8.

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Sajna, who was one of top TTP leaders, also headed Taliban militants from the Mehsud tribe in South Waziristan.

Militant sources said Wali, known by the nickname Ghar Starga, is a ruthless leader with experience working in Pakistani urban areas including the southern city of Karachi.

Pakistani officials had earlier reported unconfirmed reports about Sajna's killing in a US strike.

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Pakistani security officials insist that majority of the Taliban leaders and fighters have fled to neighboring Afghanistan after the military carried out major offensive in the tribal regions.

U.S. drone strikes in the border region have picked up since U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, though they are a long way off their peak in 2010.

The United States now has around 14,000 uniformed personnel in the country.

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