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NATO-led, Afghan troops kill key Taliban commanders

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Mullah Akhtar killed during raid on an insurgent training camp, NATO-led force says
  • Another commander, not identified, was killed in a "precision" strike
  • The NATO-led force said the Kunduz police chief confirmed his death

(CNN) -- A Taliban commander responsible for bringing foreign fighters from Iran into Afghanistan was killed by local and international troops, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said on Friday.

The incident took place during a raid on an insurgent training camp on Thursday in Farah province, in the west, the NATO-led force said.

The Taliban leader was identified as Mullah Akhtar.

The NATO-led command also reported a "precision" strike against another Taliban commander in the northern province of Kunduz.

The NATO-led force said the Kunduz police chief reported the commander was killed in the strike, but Afghan and coalition forces are still gathering information to confirm the report.

That Taliban leader, who was not identified, "openly claimed responsibility for the July 2 vehicle-borne IED attack on a U.S. AID station near the Ariana hotel in Kunduz which killed two civilians and wounded seven more," the NATO-led command said on Thursday.