NATO said on Tuesday that al-Qaeda's second-in-command in Afghanistan had been killed in an air strike near the Pakistani border.

The U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said Saudi-born Sakhr al-Taifi, also known as Musthaq and Nasim, commanded foreign fighters and directed attacks on NATO and Afghan troops.

It described him as al-Qaeda's “second highest leader in Afghanistan”, saying he frequently travelled between Afghanistan and Pakistan, “carrying out commands from senior al-Qaeda leadership”.

He also supplied weapons and equipment to insurgents, and managed the transport of insurgent fighters into Afghanistan, the military said.

NATO said he was killed in an air strike on Sunday with “one additional al-Qaeda terrorist in Watahpur district, Kunar province”.

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