For Immediate Release
KABUL, Afghanistan (Sept. 15, 2012) — Afghan
and coalition forces confirmed yesterday the death of an al-Qaida
weapons expert during a security operation in Mata Khan district,
Paktika province, Wednesday.
During the operation the security
force positively identified Taqwa – also known as Eissa Khan –
transporting weapons toward a populated area. After ensuring no
civilians were in the vicinity, the security force engaged Taqwa with a
precision airstrike, killing him.
As an al-Qaida weapons expert,
Taqwa is suspected of directing multiple attacks against Afghan and
coalition forces, often using improvised explosive devices, and
equipping insurgent and terrorist fighters with weapons, ammunition and
Prior to his death, Taqwa was believed to be planning the abduction of several Afghan
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