‘Haqqani leaders killed in E Afghanistan’

File photo shows the leader of the Haqqani terror network, Jalaluddin Haqqani (C), and two of his comrades.

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) claims to have killed two key leaders of the Haqqani militant group in the eastern Afghan province of Paktia.

Å“Afghan and coalition security forces confirmed today the death of two senior Haqqani leaders, Qari Azzam and Mukhlis, during an operation in Zurmat district, Paktiia Province, Tuesday,” the ISAF said in a statement issued on Thursday.

The statement also added that Azzam, also known as Maulawi Sahib, Å“served as an intelligence operative responsible for providing information to senior Haqqani leadership about attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.”

Mukhlis, known as Wazir, planned and took part in attacks against US-led forces in Afghanistan, the statement said.

On May 16, the ISAF arrested a key leader of the militant group in the eastern mountainous province of Khost.

The Pakistan-based network is allied with the Taliban and al-Qaeda and has conducted many attacks against the US interests in Afghanistan.

In September 2011, US officials accused the Haqqani network of conducting an attack on the US Embassy in Kabul as well as a truck bombing on a NATO outpost in the same month that injured more than 70 US soldiers.

The US-led war in Afghanistan began in 2001. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan, despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.

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This article originally appeared on: Press TV