The International Security Assistance Force confirmed Sayid Rahman, a Taliban senior leader, was killed during a precision air strike targeting a group of armed insurgents in Pachir wa Agam district in Nangarhar province yesterday.
Sayid Rahman was the senior leader in a group responsible for planning and conducting attacks against Afghan and coalition elements. Recent reporting indicated the group was coordinating the use of suicide bombers within the district and may have been planning an attack at an Afghan border checkpoint.
Also, killed in the air strike was Zehrie Gul, a Taliban leader who also operated in the Pachir wa Agam district with Sayid Rahman planning and conducting attacks against Afghan and coalition elements.
Following intelligence tips, the precision air strike was conducted after ensuring no civilians were present.
A follow-on force conducted a ground assessment verifying Sayuid Rahman, Zehria Gul and several additional insurgents were killed. The force found multiple AK-47's, chest racks, rocket propelled grenade rounds and grenades.
Article by ISAF Joint Command