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. 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 |
  2. 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 |
  3. 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 |