Taliban Commander Killed in Afghanistan

Great news. And the AP even has a photo of his body for those who are skeptical:

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Mullah Dadullah, the Taliban’s most prominent military commander, was killed in fighting in southern Afghanistan with Afghan and NATO troops, officials said Sunday.

Dadullah, a top lieutenant of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, was killed Saturday in the southern province of Helmand, said Said Ansari, the spokesman for Afghanistan’s intelligence service.

NATO’s International Security Assistance Force did not confirm the death.

“It certainly is an issue that we’re tracking,” said spokesman Maj. John Thomas. “But it’s not our issue, it’s an Afghan issue.”

Dadullah would be one of the highest-ranking Taliban leaders to be killed since the fall of the hardline regime following the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, and his death would represent a major victory for the Afghan government and U.S. and NATO troops.

Kandahar Gov. Asadullah Khalid said Dadullah, who had only one leg, died during an operation by U.S.-led coalition, NATO and Afghan troops.

“Mullah Dadullah was the backbone of the Taliban,” Khalid said. “He was a brutal and cruel commander who killed and beheaded Afghan civilians.”

Khalid showed Dadullah’s body to reporters at a news conference in the governor’s compound. An Associated Press reporter said the body, which was lying on a bed and dressed in a traditional Afghan robe, had no left leg and three bullet wounds: one to the back of the head and two to the stomach.

The AP reporter said the body appeared to be Dadullah’s based on his appearance in TV interviews and Taliban propaganda videos.

The BBC has more as well as an additional photo:

They say he died in a clash with Afghan and Western forces in Helmand province.

Soldiers took the body to the city of Kandahar, where it was shown to reporters.

The BBC’s Afghanistan correspondent says Mullah Dadullah’s death will be a major blow to the Taleban, who were slow to respond to the reports.

Mullah Dadullah’s name has been linked with the beheading of suspected spies, controlling the guerrilla war in Helmand Province, dispatching suicide bombers and the kidnapping of westerners, including an Italian journalist and two French aid workers, both of which have since been released.

Excellent. Allahpundit has many links that also confirm Dadullah’s demise.

Dan Riehl is also following and links to a new Taliban press release that appears to be from a new chief.

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