May 31st, 2010
09:26 AM ET

U.S. military: Air strike kills Taliban leader in Kandahar

A precision air strike has killed one of the two most senior Taliban leaders in Kandahar province and several of his fighters, the U.S. military said Monday.

Officials had been tracking Taliban commander Haji Amir and his fighters for several days and ordered the air strike when the leader stopped at a small mud hut in a rural area Sunday morning, according to a military statement.

Amir escaped from prison in June 2008 and recently was in Pakistan planning Taliban attacks, the statement said.

The U.S. military said he returned to Afghanistan in April to lead attacks against coalition and Afghan forces.

In a separate operation Sunday night, an Afghan-international security force detained several suspected insurgents while searching a series of compounds in Helmand province.

Officials seized weapons and approximately 30 kilograms of wet opium during the search, according to the military.

Post by:
Filed under: Kandahar • Taliban
soundoff (311 Responses)
  1. Ikram Esser

    9/11 was a set up and so is the so called "war on terror". The evidence weighs heavily on the fact that the US government knew it would happen......its been shown before in history that US kills (sacrifices) its own people to meet their agenda.......now they had a so called "excuse" to invade Afghanistan. Get out and keep out and stop murdering innocent people all over the world, you have killed more than all acts of terror put together.

    June 3, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Ikram Esser: You can stretch a conspiracy theory too far, i think you just snapped the elastic...

      June 3, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. FREEDOM

    GOD DAMMIT!!! Their all friggin leaders, just blow them all to hell and our problems will be solved. There is no damn "diplomatic" way to handle this matter!

    June 2, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CaribbeanJah

    AirPower!!!

    June 1, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MAC

    CNN is having technical issues with their "reply" button evidently. My 2:28 and 2:50 pm posts were specific replies to onesmallvoice.

    June 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MAC

    Clarification: My 2:28 pm post was aimed at Onesmallvoice and the moronic masses possessing all the brain power of a dust mite.

    Comparing fanatical Muslims to the Tea Party is ridiculously stupid and atypical of the jr high mentality that's taken over the democratic party, as well as the republican party.

    June 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Justin

    LISTEN UP YOU ANTI AMERICAN DICK'S, FIRST OF ALL WE ALL NEED TO SAY THANK YOU TO ALL OUR TROOPS WHO GO OFF TO FIGHT FOR US, EVEN THOUGH WE CAN BE UNTHANKFUL, SECOND WE NEED TO REMEMBER 9/11 MY GOD HOW WE ALL HAVE FORGOTTEN, I THINK WE SHOULD GO INTO ALL THESE PLACES AND KILL THEM ALL AND LET GOD SEPERATE THEM, STOP BITHCHING AND COMPLAINING, AND AS FAR AS YOU VETS ON THIS PAGE TALKING BAD ABOUT THE MILITARY AND THE USA IT BECAUSE OF MEN LIKE YOU THAT WE NOT ONLY LOST VIETNAHM BUT GOT OUR ASS KICK, SO SHUT THE HELL UP AND LET THE REAL HERO' S THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WEAR THE RED WHITE AND BLUE PROUDLY DO THERE JOBS.... GO U.S.A

    June 1, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. guest

    The Taliban has nothing to offer the Afghan people but terror. Good going Afghan forces. Way to rock.

    May 31, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. leo1210

    We owe it to these Afghans to give them a stable government and drive out the Taliban. There will always be terrorist cells and such, but we can at least make AQ and TB leave Afghanistan. The West should have been actively involved in Afganistan after the Soviets packed up, but it didn't so, the Taliban moved in.

    May 31, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      The hell with you!! We don`t owe them nothing. They owe us the American lives that they stole!

      June 3, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. guest

    Good. ONly 700 million to go.

    May 31, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. buddget

    ADIOS DIRT BAG

    May 31, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    Thanks be to God!! Praise the Lord Jesus! Another terrorist off the face of the Earth

    May 31, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LiveFreeor

    My friend lived in Cambodia and experienced some of those "precision air strikes" by the US Military....The precise result was close to a million Cambodians killed, maybe more. How just and benevolent.

    May 31, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • leo1210

      I don't think they had precision air strikes back then.

      May 31, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LiveFreeor

    If all of or most of my freedoms come from the US Military, does that mean they can take them away if they wish? Scary thought this Memorial Day.

    May 31, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • leo1210

      That's why we have the Second Amendment, to offer a slight shred of security.

      May 31, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
1 2