Taliban commander killed in Afghan clash
U.S. forces have killed a senior Taliban commander responsible for a spate of attacks in southern Afghanistan , the U.S. military said on Monday.
The man, identified as Payenda Mohammed, was in command of more than 150 Taliban fighters in Uruzgan province. He was killed along with three of his men in a battle last week, a U.S. military spokesman said.
"He was known for conducting rocket attacks, ambushes, guerrilla-style attacks and setting up illegal checkpoints," Colonel Jim Yonts told a briefing.
Taliban insurgents are battling the government army and about 20,000 U.S. troops across a rugged swathe of south and east Afghanistan.
About 1,000 people have been killed in violence this year, most of them militants, but including 48 U.S. soldiers.
The governor of Uruzgan province, Jan Mohammad Khan, said Payenda Mohammed was one of the main Taliban commanders in the province and he had been responsible for numerous attacks.
Fifteen Taliban fighters were wounded in the clash in Kandahar province last Wednesday, Yonts said.
U.S. A-10 aircraft and attack helicopters were called in after the insurgents took up positions in some caves. Vehicles and weapons were later found in the caves, he said.
In a separate clash, six Taliban fighters were killed in a battle with police in Zabul province in the south on Sunday, a provincial official said.
Six policemen were hurt when their vehicle was blown up by a land mine near the southern border town of Spin Boldak, also on Sunday night, a police officer said.
Von: 29 August 2005, http://www.leadingthecharge.com