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Afghan forces killed a top Al-Qaeda commander in a joint raid with the US on the Taliban in Helmand province.
Asim Omar was killed alongside six of his fellow terrorists from the organisation in a September 23 attack, Afghanistan's National Directorate for Security revealed today.
Omar - Head - Operations - South - Asia
Omar was the head of operations in South Asia and died alongside his courier to Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri.
'They had been embedded inside the Taliban compound in the Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala,' added the Afghan intelligence services' statement.
Operation - Taliban - Hideout - Musa - Qala
The operation targeted a Taliban hideout in the Musa Qala district, but at least 40 people attending a wedding party were killed on the same day, according to provincial officials, in US airstrikes.
Most of dead were women and children, according to Helmand's Deputy Provincial Councilman Abdul Majed Akhund.
Twelve - Civilians - Lashkar - Gah - Capital
Twelve more civilians were wounded and were hospitalized in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province.
Civilian deaths caused by US and Afghan forces have surpassed those caused by the Taliban and other insurgents for the first time in 18 years of war, according to a United Nations report.
Offensive - Taliban - Fighters - Foreigners - Afghanistan
The offensive also killed 22 Taliban fighters, including foreigners, Afghanistan's defense ministry said.
Fourteen people were arrested, including five Pakistani nationals...
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