U.S military has confirmed that its counter-terrorism forces has killed or captured 250 Al-Qaeda operatives in 2016 alone.
According to U.S military officials, 50 top Al-Qaeda commanders have been eliminated in the battlefield and 200 other jihadists including those in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), which is the newest regional branch of Ayman al Zawahiri’s global network have been taken off.
The figures were first announced by General John W. Nicholson Jr., the commander of NATO’s Resolute Support and US Forces Afghanistan, during a briefing on Dec. 2.
Credible security sources including FDD’s Long War Journal have previously reported that the number of Al-Qaeda top figures in Afghanistan as too low.
U.S military forces continues to target and neutralize top Al-Qaeda leadership in Afghanistan and also in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) as well as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
Al-Qaeda branch in Somalia (Al-Shabaab) top figures have also been killed in U.S drone strikes including Ahmed Godane, the co-founder of Al-Shabaab.