Afghanistan

US airstrike kills top Al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan, Pentagon confirms

The Defense Department says an airstrike in Afghanistan last month killed Al Qaeda's top leader in the eastern part of the country.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook has issued a written statement saying a precision strike conducted by the U.S. military on Oct. 23 in Kunar, Afghanistan, killed Faruq al-Qatani.

Cook says al-Qatani was one of Al Qaeda's "senior plotters of attacks against the United States."

Cook says U.S. officials are still working to determine whether a second strike on the same date killed its target, Bilal al-Utabi, another Al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan.