Quari Tayib was once known as the Taliban shadow governor of Takha Province. It’s now confirmed the Taliban leader killed in U.S. airstrike in Archi District, Kunduz Province, Afghanistan on Apr. 17, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan said in a press release Saturday morning. Tayib had been directly responsible for deaths of U.S. service members.
“Tayib had been a target of interest since 2011 and was directly responsible for the deaths of U.S. service members in Afghanistan,” it said in the release. “Eight additional Taliban fighters were killed in the strike.”
The military described the airstrike as part of an ongoing effort to to deny the Taliban’s freedom of movement in this area. There was a compound Tayib owned which was used for insurgents in the area. This compound is what was being targeted with these particular efforts.
According to the military Tayib, “had been a target of interest since 2011 and was directly responsible for deaths of US service members in Afghanistan”.
President Trump has not commented much on the war in Afghanistan. There has been 15 years of fighting there with 2,216 American service members dying.
Despite not commenting much on the situation, there has been a a much larger bombing campaign there recently. This drew questions on whether or not Trump lifted the restriction on air strikes in places with civilians. Last month over 100 civilians were killed in airstrikes on Mosul, Iraq.
Earlier in April, the United States dropped an incredibly large bomb over a tunnel network in Afghanistan. Kabul confirmed that this killed 92 ISIS militants.
There have been peace talks between Kabul, the Taliban leaders, the United States and Pakistan. These peace talks have faltered. Qatar made an attempt to be the mediator, but faltered. A flag of the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” was raised over an office in Doha in 2013, which signaled that the talks toward peace had collapsed.