Taliban shadow governor, top deputies killed in airstrike

An airstrike launched Thursday successfully targeted key leaders of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

A Taliban shadow governor and two of his top deputies were killed by the airstrike in the eastern Logar province, the Afghan defense ministry reported.

The Ministry reported that the airstrikes took place on Thursday night in the Charkh District of the province.

The Taliban has not commented on the claimed deaths of the high-ranking official and his two top deputies.

Counter-terrorism push

Afghanistan’s Khaama Press News Agency reported that the Taliban’s shadow governor for the Logar province was named Haji Lala. The two principle deputies who were also killed were identified as Baryalai and Faridoon.

The Afghan media outlet noted that the security situation in Logar province has been deteriorating for some time.

Taliban militants have increasingly become more active in establishing a presence in the area and were aiding and conducting terrorism-related attacks on government forces.

Of course, Afghan Defense forces, supported at times by the U.S. military, have been conducting counter-terrorism operations in the region as well.

Afghan Defense Ministry tweets airstrike footage

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense posted footage of the airstrike to its official Twitter account.

The post humorously included the hashtag: “#TimesUp4Terrorists,” and noted in a follow-up tweet that in addition to the Taliban governor and his two deputies, six other top Taliban commanders — including a senior intelligence officer, three foreign commanders, and two local commanders — were also killed in the airstrike on a compound.

This is a small bit of good news in a war that seems to only ever bring bad news.

While it doesn’t signal the impending demise of the Taliban, it does show that the Afghan Defense forces are resisting the Taliban’s efforts to reassert its extremist control over the country.

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