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Pentagon: Strikes kill al Qaeda, Taliban leaders

By Bob Franken
CNN National Correspondent

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders were killed in a pair of U.S. strikes targeting the two groups' leadership, a senior Pentagon official said Thursday.

Earlier, senior Pentagon officials told CNN that "no senior al Qaeda officials were killed" in a single bombing strike, but Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke told reporters that some leaders of the two groups had been killed. She would not, however, characterize them as "senior" leaders.

Clarke said suspected terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden was not believed to be present at either strike -- one on Tuesday in the Kabul area and a later one in the Kandahar area.

"We have no evidence he was there," said Clarke, who added that the United States had no evidence indicating bin Laden was dead.

Officials earlier said the single attack took place in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and that the building was attacked by both military aircraft and unmanned missile-equipped drones.



 
 
 
 



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