Top Taliban Commander Is Killed

Mullah Dadullah ordered bombings, assassinations, kidnappings, beheadings
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2007 2:21 PM CDT
Top Taliban Commander Is Killed
The dead body of Mullah Dadullah, the Taliban's most prominent military commander, is seen in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 13, 2007. Dadullah was killed Saturday in fighting with Afghan and Western troops in southern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday. (AP Photo/Allauddin...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The Taliban's top military commander was killed in Southern Afghanistan, and his body  displayed, covered by a pink sheet, in Kandahar today. An amputee whose body was recognizable in part by a missing leg, Mullah Dadullah was killed in a joint operation by Afghan security forces and American and NATO troops.

“Tell your honorable people, and journalists, to live in peace now—the people have now been rescued from the cruelty of this wild butcher,”  said Asadullah Khaled, the governor of Kandahar. Mullaah Dadulla is thought to be responsible for many assassinations, kidnappings, beheadings, and suicide bombings, in addition to organizing fighters and obtaining weapons. (Read more Mullah Dadullah stories.)

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