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Dead Tango dance time

Posted By Uncle Jimbo • [March 04, 2013]

The Long War Journal says a bad guy has returned to his component molecules (probably).

The Taliban's most vaunted commander in Nuristan and Kunar provinces, Sheikh  Dost Mohammed, has been killed along with three other Taliban figures in a US  drone strike, according to Bokhdi  News, citing an official from the Afghan and NATO Military Coordination  Office. Sheikh Dost Mohammed has served as the top Taliban leader and shadow  governor in Nuristan province for several years, and his insurgent network  maintains deep ties to regional Salafist movements and al Qaeda.

The alleged drone strike took place early yesterday morning in the unstable  Ghaziabad district in Kunar province. Among others said to be killed in the  strike were Taliban operatives Akhtar Mohammad and one of Dost Mohammed's  relatives, Nematullah Haidar.

International Security Assistant Forces (ISAF) issued a brief statement  confirming that Afghan and Coalition forces killed three insurgents and wounded  another during an operation in Ghaziabad district, Kunar province, on March 2.  The ISAF statement further added: "The security force positively identified the  militants engaging in insurgent activity in an isolated area away from  civilians. After ensuring no civilians were in the vicinity, the security force  engaged the armed insurgents, killing three and wounding one."

Dost Mohammed has previously been reported killed numerous times since 2009,  and  the latest report about his death should be viewed with caution.

Not much good news in A-stan, so we will take what we can get. Let the dancing begin.


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