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Top Taliban Commander Killed, Says Afghan Official

A close aid to supreme Taliban leader Mullah Omar has been killed in a clash in south Afghanistan, an Afghan official said on Monday, the second major blow to the hardline Islamic movement in under a month. News of the death of Mullah Abdul Razzaq Nafees, a member of the 10-strong Taliban shura (council) formed in June, came just days after the Taliban confirmed that Mullah Abdur Rahim, its top military commander in southern Afghanistan, had been killed. Abdul Razzaq Achakzai, a senior Afghan military commander, said Nafees was killed in a clash with U.S.-led coalition and Afghan forces about 10 days ago in central Uruzgan province. “He was among the many Taliban killed in that fighting,” he said. “The Taliban are persistently showing signs of weakness,” Achakzai told Reuters in the town of Spin Boldak, close to Pakistan border. Full Story

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