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.

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  1. buddget


    May 31, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 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 |
  3. 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 |
  4. 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 |
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