Quetta Shura ‘inspector’ killed in the Afghan north


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Special operations forces took out a senior Taliban “inspector” in an airstrike in northern Afghan province of Badghis. From the ISAF press release:

Coalition forces conducted a precision air strike in Bala Murghab district in Badghis province, killing a senior Taliban leader Dec. 17.

Mullah Tor Jan was a Quetta Shura-appointed inspector for the Taliban Commission in the district. Tor Jan was also known as a Taliban leader who spent time with the deputy shadow governor of Badghis province.

The Quetta Shura is based in the Pakistani city of Quetta. More on the Quetta Shura here.

Coalition and Afghan special operations teams have targeted the Taliban leadership in Badghis, killing the shadow governor and his replacement in October, as well as other senior leaders. Badghis is the main hub for Taliban operations in the northwest. The al Qaeda-linked Turkistan Islamic Party is also known to operate in Badghis province.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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