In a raid last week, an al-Qaeda leader who was on the FBI’s most wanted list was killed.
The Afghan government said that Husam Abd al-Rauf, al-Qaeda’s chief propagandist, was killed in an operation in Ghazni province, the Associated Press reported. The National Security Administration tweeted al-Rauf’s death and posted a photo that it claims was of his corpse. He was also known as Abu Muhsin al-Masri.
The raid in which al-Rauf was allegedly killed took place in the village of Kunsaf. Amanullah Kamrani, deputy head of Ghazni’s provincial council, told AP that Afghan special forces, led by the intelligence service, had entered Qunsaf, which he said remains under Taliban control. Authorities entered a house near the village and killed seven suspected militants, including al-Rauf.
Cam Rahn and the intelligence agency did not provide information on how officials tracked down al-Rauf and identified him. He notes that the Taliban have provided the leader of the group with shelter and protection.