NATO strike targets key Taliban commander

February 4, 2007 09:07

NATO-led troops launched a precision strike Sunday, killing a key Taliban commander near a southern Afghan town overrun by militants, a spokesman for the alliance said. Col. Tom Collins said that the strike near the town of Musa Qala killed a "high level Taliban leader" and was conducted in "full coordination with the government." He did not identify the suspected leader. Musa Qala, the town where a peace deal between village elders and government was in place since last October, was overrun Thursday by Taliban fighters who disarmed local police, ransacked the district center and hoisted their trademark white flag.

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