Taliban Confirms Top Commander Killed by US Drone

American drone strike in southern Afghanistan has killed a key Taliban military commander, dealing a serious blow to the insurgent group.Afghan and Taliban officials Sunday identified the slain man as Mullah Abdul Manan, saying he was killed along with four partners Saturday in the Nawzad district of Helmand province.An insurgent statement said Manan was its “shadow governor” for the largest Afghan province, where the Taliban controls or contests most of the territory, and described his death as “a major loss” for the insurgent group.Helmand is also the hub of the country’s massive drug trade and Manan was controlling it to generate funds for the Taliban.The Taliban in its statement claimed the slain leader successfully led the insurgents to captured “95 percent territory” of Helmand from “the occupation” of American-backed Afghan forces..............

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