US led forces kill Taliban commander

American-led troops have killed a wanted Taliban commander in an air strike in Afghanistan’s south western...

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American-led troops have killed a wanted Taliban commander in an air strike in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><country-region w:st="on">Afghanistan</country-region>’s south western <place w:st="on"><placetype w:st="on">province of <placename w:st="on">Badghis, US and Afghan officials said on Monday.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

Mullah Dastagir, along with eight other militants, were killed in a raid on a village near <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Turkmenistan</country-region>’s border on Sunday.

Dastagir was behind a series of attacks in Badghis, including an ambush in which 13 Afghan soldiers were killed last year.

Before the ambush, Dastagir had been jailed but was released by order of President Hamid Karzai, a defense ministry official said.

The <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">US</country-region> military confirmed the air strike and the casualties including Dastagir’s killing.

The Taliban could not be reached for comment.