Twitterati reacts over Mullah Fazlullah's killing

Larry Hoffman
June 18, 2018

The statement did not say whether the strike had killed anyone and did not identify Fazlullah as the target, but added that US forces were continuing to "adhere to a cease-fire" which Afghanistan has agreed with the Afghan Taliban, apparently ruling out any targets from that group.

Pakistan Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah was killed during a United States drone strike that took place in north-eastern Kunar, Afghanistan, on Wednesday.

That ceasefire does not include counterterrorism efforts against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai speaks during an interview with Reuters at a local hotel in Islamabad on March 30.

Earlier, Lt. Col Martin O'Donnell, a spokesman for U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement that U.S. forces had carried out an airstrike Thursday in Kunar "which targeted a senior leader of a designated terrorist organization".

As long as as weapons are left at the gates, Taliban fighters can enter cities, including Kabul, to spend time with friends and family over Eid, Tolo News reported.

In 2012, a Pakistani Taliban gunman shot Malala Yousafzai, a teenager who had been calling for more educational opportunities for girls. The Pakistani Taliban have not yet confirmed the killing of their leader but a commander of TTP, a conglomerate of at least 30 Pakistani militant groups, was trying to get information from their fighters in the region.

President Ashraf Ghani said on Saturday he would extend the government ceasefire beyond June 20 and on Sunday the presidential office said it would be extended by 10 days.

PESHAWAR: Five terrorists were killed as the Pakistan Army repulsed multiple cross-border attacks and fire raids on its posts along the Pak-Afghan border area in the North Waziristan Agency on Friday, according to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

She has often said that Fazlullah's attempts to silence her backfired and instead he amplified her voice around the world.

The Pakistani Taliban did not immediately confirm Fazlullah's death, but three members of the group told The Washington Post privately that he was among the dead.

Fazlullah's 17-year-old son Abdullah and 20 other militants were reportedly killed in another U.S. drone strike in Kunar in March this year.

The Commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission and the US Forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson reaffirmed the worldwide community and coalition forces support to President Asrhaf Ghani's ceasefire initiative and offer for peace talks. Lately, Washington and Islamabad had started cooperation to persuade Taliban for peace talks with Kabul.

A auto bomb killed 36 people at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in the eastern city of Nangarhar on Saturday.

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