June 4th, 2010
10:40 AM ET

Taliban leader in Kandahar killed in raid

The top Taliban commander in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar has been killed, NATO-led forces said Friday.

Mullah Zergay directed insurgent activities in two districts of Kandahar province, including the city of Kandahar, said a statement from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). He was killed in a raid last week in Zhari district.

Afghan and international troops had been tracking Zergay's location for several weeks and raided a Taliban safe haven May 28 to capture him. Zergay and several members of his security detail were killed in the ensuing fight, ISAF said.

The early-morning raid included air support, said Sardar Mohammed Zazai, the chief of police in Kandahar province. He said seven Taliban members were killed in addition to Zergay.

Zergay was characterized by ISAF as a man who "rose to power through violent intimidation campaigns against civilians and by leading kidnappings and executions of government employees and village elders."

His death was a "major loss for the Taliban" in southern Afghanistan, ISAF said.

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  1. dindy Sri lanka

    Muslims who are so proud of their religion should prevent the terrorism. why they wait till someone else fix their problems. Many people who blame USA are trying to get US passports and line up to migrate to US. why dont you guys go to Afghanistan and help less fortunate of your own kind. you all are who write comments against USA should look after your own kind and also must teach them how to fly in jumbo jets correctly rather than flying in to offices where innocent people work for their living. I know personally how terrible it is to see such things as one of Banks here blew off right front of me and many jumped off from the building. Here it only 32 stories. In USA it altogether ten time more . How can they bear ?How can they forget? We Sri lankans could not bear falling down 32 stories and death toll of 1132 and how US bear the feeling of more than 3000 death. US government too should not trust each and every one who enter their home land. May the truth Rule over the earth.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. christian

    Let it Rip !!! and lose them stupid new rules of engagement....

    August 2, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dave

    to the earlier line about true islam. Islam does not beget violence. I can't see the true justification for a jihad, as ISAF is not really attacking your religion. Hell, if they weren't getting blown up Afghans might actually get running water before we leave.

    June 9, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ikram

    IKRAM You are so right hell is were they belong killing kids and women that have nothing to do with they way of thinking.

    June 9, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ken

    I'm glad they got him, but we need to big Kauhuna. Reading this forum, I would think this is a religious war, and not a war on terrorist extremism. I'm not a religious person but there are extremist in both christianity and muslim faiths. This war will never be over, because what is needed to win is intangible

    June 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BigBunny

    I have heard from one group that Islam is peaceful and the other that it has nothing buy jihad designs. I did a search for Mohamed on google. I found many different sites. Two were written by Christian groups, one by an atheist, and the others were academic. I discounted the Christian and atheist ones as I found them to be biased. I read the academic ones and what I found was disturbing. I have always thought of Islam as being a peaceful religion until I read many of the Surah verses written by Mohamed. It is anything but peaceful. If you doubt me, look it up for yourself and READ.

    June 8, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cody

    Can anyone explain why Islam teaches that any country not ran by sharia law is considered an infidel state that should be deceived and/or destroyed?

    June 8, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. chad

    All taliban need to be killed before they poison more school girls. Taliban men are afraid of school girls so they poison them. Cowards and wimps.

    June 8, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      I feel sorry for you!! You are so brainwashed by your govt. through the American media that you cannot think straight. Do you really believe that the Taliban will go about poisoning their own children?? The Taliban are the Afghan people. It is the foreign agents that are killing the afghan women, children and girls and the Afghan people know this very well. That is why the support for the Taliban have increased a hundred fold.

      June 8, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Onesmallvoice

        Very well put,Eric !!!

        June 8, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
      • Jerry

        HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa...

        June 8, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • jimmy

        Bwaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

        June 8, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Azm

    If Americans think of making empires tehy can ask The Great Alaxander, Moghul, Russians and Britain. The day will come where there will be cheers of kneeling down US empires. If they want to make we are here to break.

    Kandahar

    June 8, 2010 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. Azm

    I think the empire one has forgot walking in the cemetry of killed soldiers. US is experiencing empire now but Afghans had 5 empires in the history (Sorian, Ghoryan, Timoryan, Ghaznawyan and Abdalyan). Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires and the birthplace of empires also. We are going to kneel down this empire. There are 10000 graves more waiting. we will grave the imperialistic dreams of US as we graved of UK. Try to respect American democrocy.

    June 8, 2010 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. bilz123

    It is illicit that Canada has taken Muslim Hostages of EU or other Nationals in Canada or elsewhere and is pretending that there is war of crusade is on going between Islam and NATO in Afghanistan following 9/11 pretext for the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan.Alas,for 3 decades as a victim of Canada myself I wasted effort.I can assure you none of 1.4 billion Muslims know that is the game Harper Netanyahu seem Playing.Obama's USA and UK seem to be under the impression that Afghanistan is controlled by Muslim Drug Lords and they are helping kill Afghan look alike civilian with Mujahediin who were helping them defeat Russians (mainly Muslim Russians).With a Trillion Dollar Stimulus Package in USA and 1000% increaded Drug crime increased in Mexico with Canadian Banks investments and Billions of Pound Sterling missing from UK amid their own stimulus package with £1=Cn$1.4 from £1=cn $2.5 both Netanyahu and Harper seem playing double game in Afghan killing machine.few thousands NATO Canadian in Afghanistan in the middle of 750million Muslims from Pakistan to Turkey and from Gaza to Kazakhstan (with Tel Aviv Haifa sandwitched) with narrow
    strip of km of Israel at Eilat to Gaza West Bank inpursuit to kill Muslim Mujahediin using terminology Taliban Alqaeda of 9/11 is fraud.

    June 7, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. FatLazyIgnorantSUVDrivingPigAmericanIdiot

    As long as I can still get my Slurpee on a hot day all Muslims can stay here and I support them 100%. No Slurpee, you go home.

    June 7, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. mammalianbrain@hotmail.com

    It's scary how easy it is to mislead and misinform people. To take it on blind faith that this really happened is just wishful thinking. There is never any proof or evidence that these people have been killed plus we have no idea who these leaders are or what they have done. The government or military sends out a press release and that's all there is to any of this. There was the British and Russians before us. And they tried using Military Power to change or redirect the politics of the people of Afghanistan. The only thing we know for sure is that using Military Force against the Afghanistan people doesn't seem to work.

    June 6, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Now here is a guy who has seen the light instead of believing the crap that the US army is reporting. All the rest of the posts are from members of the mushroom club (i.e. those who are kept in the dark and fed crap by the US/Nato army)

      June 7, 2010 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
      • E Jones

        . . .Or those who actually serve/d in the US/NATO army, and really know what's what.

        June 7, 2010 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
      • Fawad

        Really Charles. Well i am an American muslim. You wanna kick me out. Go for it. Well why dont we do it the proper way. You all get out of Islamic lands, take all the native christians and the Jews with you from our lands with you and i promise you i will be the first one to leave your country and renounce my citizenship.

        If not then go crawl back into your white, hick, trash household and your demented upbringing and stop talking tough internet Rambo.

        June 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Charles

    I think we should kill them all, no mercy, just kill them all. Then Kick the rest of them out of america!

    June 6, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      dont forget we must close all the 7-11s, pizza pizzas and any other business owned and operated by the islamic murderers and freaks

      June 6, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. v1968

    Great. News you can never get tired of hearing. Keep On Trucking. First we Drone these Islamo fascists and then we hit the Neo-Bolsheviks and Activists.

    June 5, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  16. rik

    This is getting to be a little on the yaaawwwnnning side. Every week we are told the top Taliban leader has been killed.

    June 5, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • E Jones

      Well, we fought Zergay a lot back in 2008, and he was a real pain in the butt then, so *I* like hearing that someone finally killed him. A big BZ to the folks that got him.

      June 7, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  17. Anthony

    STRIKE!!!

    June 5, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  18. davonskevort

    is it me or is there tons of taliban and alqearda leaders out there to be killed. nukes fokes... nukes... forget nationbuilding.... and use nukes.... then let the tribals take over the radioactive wastelands... think fallout 1 2 & 3 and tactics...

    June 5, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • turkeyfish

      Great idea and let the radioactive dust go airborne so that everyone on the planet can enjoy the glow by looking at their fingers and their lips. You wouldn't think that brain death would be so popular, but hey if it blocks out the horror of reality, why not right?

      June 5, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  19. arminf06

    OOOOPS ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST.....

    June 5, 2010 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  20. Todd

    Great job ISAF, All the Taliban have to do is put down their arms and help rebuild Afghanistan. Oh yea and kick out the terrorist

    June 4, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    There is no way to win this war on Islamic extremists until Islam reforms itself into a true religion of God, one that loves all people as God does! As Islam stands today it believes that it is the only true religion of God and everybody must convert to Islam or die. This does not reflect God's views for the people of this world. God wants us all to love one another and give of ourselves for others so that all people may live in peace and happiness! This is what the coalition and American forces are fighting for in Afghanistan! Yes they are giving their lives so that the Afghan people can live in peace without the Taliban terrorizing and killing innocent people who disagree with their version of Islam! Until Islam reforms itself into a religion that stands for what God stands for(LOVE), then there will always be Islamic radical extremists being taught the hateful verses in the Koran. The Koran must take out all the hateful incitement that it brings!

    June 4, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      Don't worry,we'll get these people to start chanting "Allah Akbar,but Capitalism Akbar-er" instead of just "Allah Akbar"!

      June 5, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
      • Onesmallvoice

        It seems like your vendetta against the Moslims is equal to that of Barack Obama's.

        June 7, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • turkeyfish

      You can be certain that Al Quida and a larger band of like-minded muslims that support them will evolve themselves in whatever ways they think it takes to win. The question is really will we, or will we spend most of our time trying to score political points in an irrelevant debate?

      Obama has continuously but unsuccessfully courted these people to try to get them to realize that by not addressing fundamental challenges facing the country and the planet, but republicans continue to refuse to help only to blame where they think they can manufacture it. As Joe Sestak said with regard to the health care issue that republican's solution is to get people to die quicker. Well, perhaps no one is any longer surprised that it is the same solution they propose for our environmental problems. These people have no rational conception of science and in particular biology. These people seem eager to keep sawing off limbs, until soon they won't find a perch. Maybe we aren't so different from those mud-soaked pelicans after all. We too are highly dependent upon our environment to survive.

      June 5, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Azwar Ikram

      Dan there are no Hatefull verses in the Holy Quran. These idiots have highjacked Islam and turned the whole thing to there version. the real problem with the current muslims is lack of Education and the lack of guts to ask these idiots where does it say in the Holy Quran to kill Innocent Human beings in the name of Any Faith.

      Islam teachs us LOVE FOR ALL HATRED FOR NONE. This is real islam, not the what you read and hear nowsdays.

      June 7, 2010 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Fawad

      well you go first and cleanse Bible from hateful verses. I mean this is a book, well first of all there are numerous version of it and each one claims to be true which missing passages and missing verses so noone knows which one to have as an standard. You got 30 different version, pick and choose one.

      Secondly, If any of you have read Bible as i have – being a muslim – for each verse that you consider violent in Quraan, i can produce two verse from bible that are just so up there in terms of violence. Kill your disobedient children. Slaughter the childen, women, burn down the houses, loot the land, Kill the cattle, burn the trees, starve them to death. Crush their heads to show them Gods vengence etc. etc. etc.

      I mean if you really read bible from page-1 to last page you will be amazed at the violenc of this book. There people who bash Quraan, they do it because they want to hide their own book. YES ABSOLTELY YES, the QURAAN give you the right of Self Defence, not an illogical, unrealistic, non humanly act such as turn the other cheek that you christians dont follow yoursleves or else you wont me in Iraq and Afghanistan right now.

      Wanna know exactly how violent the bible is? A website not by muslims but by ex-christian www(dot)evilbible(dot)com
      Enjoy the commands for bloodshed, murder, killing, slaughtering, executing from a vengeful God.

      Its easy to blame others in order to hide your own skeleton. But those who live in glass houses shouldnt throw stones at others.

      Hey Dan by the way how many bodys you had today during sermon?
      Somehow your type like boys alot?

      June 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • cody

        Fawad there are plenty of athiests that follow no book who know muslim's are much more destructive than Christians. Dont bring up the crusades because that was (hundreds of years ago) in response to Muslim's spreading their religion by the sword.

        Explain why Islam teaches that any country not ran by sharia law is considered an infidel state that should be deceived and/or destroyed?

        June 8, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Fawad

      well you go first and cleanse Bible from hateful verses. I mean this is a book, well first of all there are numerous version of it and each one claims to be true which missing passages and missing verses so noone knows which one to have as an standard. You got 30 different version, pick and choose one.

      Secondly, If any of you have read Bible as i have – being a muslim – for each verse that you consider violent in Quraan, i can produce two verse from bible that are just so up there in terms of violence. Kill your disobedient children. Slaughter the childen, women, burn down the houses, loot the land, Kill the cattle, burn the trees, starve them to death. Crush their heads to show them Gods vengence etc. etc. etc.

      I mean if you really read bible from page-1 to last page you will be amazed at the violenc of this book. There people who bash Quraan, they do it because they want to hide their own book. YES ABSOLTELY YES, the QURAAN give you the right of Self Defence, not an illogical, unrealistic, non humanly act such as turn the other cheek that you christians dont follow yoursleves or else you wont me in Iraq and Afghanistan right now.

      Wanna know exactly how violent the bible is? A website not by muslims but by ex-christian www(dot)evilbible(dot)com
      Enjoy the commands for bloodshed, murder, killing, slaughtering, executing from a vengeful God.

      Its easy to blame others in order to hide your own skeleton. But those who live in glass houses shouldnt throw stones at others.

      Hey Dan by the way how many bodys you had today during sermon?
      Somehow your type like boys alot?

      June 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  22. ImNoExpert

    awesome, now we just need to maintain this pace of icing a top tier commander about every week or so, and we should be doing well.

    June 4, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Carol

    Thet ALL need to meet ALLAH.

    June 4, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      yes they all must go soon.. to meet their fake god....

      Allah Akhbar go to hell

      June 6, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • mark

        don't say like this, stupid guy say like this.

        June 7, 2010 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Chuckster

        Yea, what Tony said Mohammed and Allah Ackbar GO TO HELL, and if this offendes Muzlims, too bad so sad, fix your religion LOSERS!!!!! Oh and don't forget to pack your crap and Leave America, thats right, get the hell out!!!!!!

        June 7, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  24. chino bandido

    What a shame that pig Mullah Zergay died so quick... It would have been fun to put him in an anthill and let the sun cook him for a couple of days... He would have been singing some tunes so we could find his other buddies....Semper Fi...

    June 4, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuckster

      You are right and Semper Fi brother!!!

      June 4, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      chino bandido,you must be another Tea Partier spewing all that hate around!Between you,Gary Johndro,Chuckster,Jerry and too many others,this country will never come out of it's severe depression and be perpetually at war!Woe to us!!!

      June 8, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Jerry

        Onesmallvoice: I haven't said anything, up to now that is, Anabel...

        June 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  25. raymond

    Allah is running out of room to store those Bastrads....God Bless America

    June 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Azwar Ikram

      Raymond he is not storing them but putting them in Hell do not worry about storage space he's got plenty.

      Anyone that kills any innocent Human being will go to Hell, no matter what faith he belongs too. Muslim Christian Jew etc.

      June 7, 2010 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Ikram

        You are so right killing inocent people( Muslim's Jews" Christians') should go and burn in Hell.

        June 9, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  26. raymond

    One by one those two leged rats will fall...

    June 4, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  27. Chuckster

    Another one bites the dust. I'm telling you right now, we will get everyone of you RATS in your holes one at a time. Allah will be proud!!!!!

    June 4, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      I agree with you.The more of these guys we take out,the closer we come to building our glorious empire making these Afghanis chant "Allah Snackbar" insted of "Allah Akbar"!

      June 5, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Azwar Ikram

        Gray you are high on Grass, get over this empire thing it an't going to happen ever.

        June 7, 2010 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      EXACTLY... The sooner you rats die the sooner you will go to heaven where 40 virgins are waiting for you..

      Most idiotic promise I have ever heard...

      GO USA GO CANADA GO ENGLAND!!!!

      June 6, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Azwar Ikram

        Tony where did you get this info about 40 virgins, it is same sort of info that Christ died for all your Sins.

        Wake up and read all about the true Islam and not go by what these So called Muslims say.

        alislam.com or Ahmediya muslim television International ( MTA )

        June 7, 2010 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Leroy

      If you keep insulting other cultures and their religions, why should they ever welcome you. It's one thing to come into another country with respect and offering assistance while respecting the people, and another to insult them and gloat over bombings of civilians. It makes you as bad as them.

      June 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • MaryM

        Leroy I agree with everything you said except one thing concerns me. The general public is made to believe that the US is always killing "innocent civilians". The truth of the matter is the line is really blurred. There is so much support from civilians from these guys that is makes them not civilians. That of course does not include children. If they are truly innocent then God will welcome them into heaven and it's a shame but if they are not they will be in for a rude awakening.

        June 9, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Iraq Paramedic

    Well it is good to hear the forces are getting better at getting the bad guys without the civilian casulties & in ground ops too, that is good. If they would just get the rest of the troop build up in there & push hard & fast I think this conflict would be over in 1yr & then we could spend 2-3yr rebuilding & training & be done with a great triumph for civil society advancement.
    May GOD bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      Right on!!!!!!!!!!

      June 5, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Sal

      A couple of days ago, US war with Afghanistan has become the longest war in US history. Longer then World War 2 and longer then Vietnam. Who is really winning the war? Wasn't the US supposed to win a long time ago? Who is making billions off this war?

      When you find out you will realize its all business. It has nothing to do with religion culture or anything else they try to make you believe.

      June 7, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ryan

        Everyone knew this would not be a simple war. It practically a never ending war to tell you the truth. These enemies of ours have no sovereignty... no country to take over. While this war will go on for decades, the cost of this war is not as high as compared to ww2 or Vietnam. This is a slow battle, primary based on intelligence. Their objective is to outlast us... long enough that we forget 9/11.

        June 8, 2010 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Onesmallvoice

        You've said it all,Sal!!!

        June 8, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • ogre12

      I agree 100%!!!!

      June 8, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |