Afghanistan: Afghan officials have confirmed the death of al-Qaeda South Asian branch leader Asim Umar. As per their statement, he was killed in a U.S-Afghan joint raid, an overnight operation, between September 22 and 23. The U.S had extended its air support in this joint operation.
It is reported that Umar was killed in a Taliban compound in the Musa Qala district of the Helmand Province.
He was the leader of the al-Qaeda Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), created in the year 2014. The main goal of the group was to create fighters in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
His origins have been a subject of debate with some reports claiming that he was from India and some others saying that he was from Pakistan.
According to an Afghan Taliban source, Umar is said to have worked for some years in the Punjabi Taliban and the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) chapter in Pakistan.
Regarding the allegations of civilian deaths occurring during the raid, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) has said that they will investigate the reports which claimed that 40 civilians were killed.
Meanwhile, the U.S has agreed to vacate their troops from Afghanistan, only if the Afghan government assures to break all ties with the al-Qaeda and abide by security gurantees.
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