İrem UZUN -TDO- Asim Umar, the head of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), died in a raid on a Taliban compound in Helmand province on 23 September, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said. The raid was part of a protracted and controversial overnight operation on September 22-23 for which the U.S. military provided air support. Authorities said they would look into reports that 40 civilians, including children, were killed in an air strike during the operation.
In a statement shared on Twitter on Tuesday, the NDS said the joint US-Afghan raid took place at a compound in the "Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala" district, where Umar and six other AQIS members "had been embedded". Umar has headed AQIS since its formation in September 2014. The NDS shared pictures purportedly showing Umar both alive and dead alongside the statement. Abu Raihan, said to be Umar's "courier" to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, was named as one of those killed. The US and al-Qaeda have not confirmed Umar's death.