NATO Troops Kill Key Taliban Commander in Afghanistan

Maulawi Hassan responsible for numerous bombings, attacks in recent months
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2009 9:00 AM CDT
Villagers look through the door of a building which was destroyed during a U.S. and Afghan forces operation in Bati Kot district of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, March 19,...   (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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(Newser) – A top Taliban commander was killed by NATO-led forces in Afghanistan this weekend, the New York Times reports. Maulawi Hassan had been the coordinator of many suicide bombings and other attacks since fall 2008 and reported directly to Mullah Rahmatullah, a Taliban leader who directs operation from outside Afghanistan. Hassan’s death is “another serious blow” for the insurgency, a NATO representative said.