Afghan officials and Taliban members said on Sunday that a top commander of the Taliban was killed in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand in a joint operation by Afghan and US Special Forces.

Helmand provincial governor Mohammad Yasin Khan said that Abdul Manan — who was in charge of Helmand province for the insurgent group — was killed along with 29 others by an air strike on Saturday while he was meeting local commanders and fighters in the Nawzad district.

His death was confirmed by Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid and by the US military, which said Afghan forces had gone on the offensive with US support.

US airstrike kills key Taliban leader in Afghanistan


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