It's being reported that Qari Dawat, a Taliban commander has been killed by a U.S. drone strike in the northeastern Afghan province of Kunar.
Dawat was hunted by US forces for four years. Allegedly, he was killed along with three other commanders in the district of Pech (also known as Manogai) on Oct. 21.
The Afghanistan Times reported, "Manogai's district chief, Abdul Marjan Abid, said four Taliban fighters including key commander, Qari Dawat had been killed."
The Long War Journal says, "US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal said they were aware of the reports of Dawat's death, but would neither confirm nor deny that he had been killed." The Taliban hasn't confirmed his death either.
Dawat was a senior Taliban commander and was responsible for the kidnapping of Paul Refsdal, a Norwegian journalist, on Nov. 5, 2009. The reports say Refsdal was released six days later after converting to Islam.
Dawat was the target of an air strike in 2009, which killed his wife and children. He is said to have resurfaced in 2011, after the death of bin Laden. Dawat assembled special units to avenge bin Laden's death.
The Long War Journal says, Dawat told Al Jazeera, "we will avenge him (bin Laden), and follow in his footsteps, and we will maintain the momentum of the jihad against foreign and agent forces."
It was also noted that Dawat's top priority was infiltrating the Afghan Army.
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