International Security Assistance Forces targeted a senior Taliban leader during an air strike in Now Zad District, Helmand province, Thursday.
The targeted senior Taliban leader facilitates improvised explosive devices and their components to insurgent groups in and around Now Zad District. He also directs and participates in attacks against ANSF and ISAF. He is also alleged to preside over a Taliban shadow civil court in the District.
Multiple intelligence sources and tips from local citizens led ISAF to a location of the Taliban leader. Over successive days of observation, the Taliban leader was targeted as he was meeting a group of armed insurgents at a remote meeting location.
Three insurgents were killed in the air strike with two other insurgents wounded.
ISAF is currently assessing whether the Taliban leader was killed in the strike. Initial reports indicate no civilians were harmed in the operation.
Article by ISAF Joint Command