Top Taliban commander killed in clash
The Taliban's top operational commander, Mullah Dadullah, has been killed in a clash in southern Afghanistan, security officials said on Sunday.
"Mullah Dadullah has been killed and his body is in Kandahar," said Saeed Ansari, spokesman for the intelligence department.
"Yes, he was killed last night and right now I have his body before me," Kandahar's governor Assadullah Khalid told media by phone.
He said Dadullah was killed in neighboring Helmand province.
Another intelligence official said the one-legged Dadullah was killed in a clash with Afghan troops in the southern province of Helmand on Saturday night.
Apart from leading most Taliban attacks in the south, the notorious Dadullah was also believed to be behind a series of kidnappings of foreigners and Afghans and some beheadings, which earned him the title of Afghanistan's Al Zarqawi, after the Qaeda leader in Iraq who was killed in a US-led attack.
He was a member of Taliban's 10-member leadership council and close to the movement's fugitive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar.
There have been several reports over recent years that Dadullah had been killed or captured.
If confirmed, his death would be a heavy blow for the Taliban, fighting to expel foreign troops since they were ousted in a US-led offensive after the September 11, 2001, attacks.
He would also be the most important Taliban killed since then.
In December, US-led forces killed another top Taliban official, Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Osmani, in an air attack in the south of the country after a tip-off by Pakistan.
Former President Donald Trump called late Thursday for the “immediate” release of the federal warrant the FBI used to search his Florida estate, hours after the Justice Department had asked a court to unseal the warrant, with Attorney General Merrick Garland citing the “substantial public interest in this matter.” The Justice Department request earlier Thursday is striking because such documents traditionally remain sealed during a pending investigation.
For the first time ever, the Indian government has called upon Canada to ensure adequate security during Independence Day celebrations at missions in the country but to also prevent the disruption of events organised by the Indo-Canadian community. This was conveyed by India's high commission in Ottawa to Global Affairs Canada, the country's foreign ministry, in a diplomatic communique.
Doubts have been cast over the necessity for the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to impose a draconian emergency in the country in February to counter the so-called Freedom Convoy then occupying the capital of Ottawa, as documents filed in a court on Thursday appeared to indicate there was information that a “breakthrough” was possible in negotiations between authorities and the anti-vaccine mandate protesters. The Canadian government has countered these revelations.
Over the last two years, the United States has seen coronavirus wreaking havoc while the world witnessed the worst of the pandemic in one of the world's most developed nations. Amid the spread of virus and its mutation still a matter of concern, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has taken a step forward in loosening the restrictions. Children exposed to Covid don't have to get a negative test.
India has expressed concerns over shelling near the fuel storage of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, as the Russian offensive continues for over five months. The shelling at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, which is under Russia's control since March, came ahead of a United Nations Security Council meeting on Thursday to address concerns regarding the facility's safety.