Al Qaeda’s second-highest leader in Afghanistan was killed by airstrikes carried out by NATO, the coalition confirmed on Tuesday. According to NATO, Sakhr al-Taifi was responsible for commanding foreign insurgents in Afghanistan and has also been credited with directing attacks against NATO and Afghan forces. The deadly strike occurred Sunday in the eastern Kunar province. Coalition forces said a follow-up assessment showed that no civilians were harmed. Meanwhile in Pakistan—where most of al Qaeda is thought to be located—two would-be suicide bombers were killed when their vehicle exploded prematurely. The explosion, which occurred on the main highway between Jalalabad city and Torkham in the eastern Nangarhar province, also reportedly injured three others.
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