Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Osmani killed in airstrike
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Sunday, December 24, 2006
Colonelclaims that this is a "big loss" for the Taliban, although they will be able to find a replacement. US and Afghani officials claim this is a big victory; it may even disrupt the planning of an attack by the Taliban.
Taliban spokesman, however, claims that Osmani is "alive and is in Afghanistan." Collins rebutes this claim by stating that breaking the news of his death was intentionally delayed to confirm it was indeed Osmani. According to the U.S., "various sources" were used to confirm Osmani's identity.
Osmani played the role of handling military operations in Helmand, as well as. The Associated Press also claims he has been involved in the destruction of Buddha statues and the "trial" of Christian aid workers.
EuroNews reports that this is the bloodiest year of fighting in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.
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- Jason Straziuso, Associated Press. "Bin Laden associate killed, U.S. says" — , December 23, 2006