Former Guantanamo detainee, Taliban commander and recent ISIS militant Mullah Abdul Rauf has been declared dead on Monday by Afghanistan authorities. He was killed along with five others by a drone strike.
How exactly he died is under dispute. In the southern province of Helmand, officials are claiming Rauf was killed by a drone strike from one of the many drones the U.S. operates between Afghanistan and Pakistan, Reuters reports. But according to the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, Rauf was killed by Afghan Special Forces.
Rauf was reportedly driving a car loaded with ammunition and transporting five other militants when the missile hit.
After being captured in 2001 because of his alleged status as a high-ranking Taliban leader, Rauf remained locked away in Guantanamo until 2007. During his stay, Rauf repeatedly tried to downplay his involvement with the Taliban, insisting that he was nowhere near senior leadership and was only assigned to deliver bread.
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