The United States continues to take out top al-Qaeda members in Afghanistan.

FOX's Lucas Tomlinson has more from the Pentagon:

The U.S. military says it carried out simultaneous drone strikes against two senior al-Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon is still assessing the results of the strikes which occurred Sunday. Faruq al-Qatani was considered al-Qaeda's top leader in Afghanistan.

U.S. officials say his likely death saved American lives here at home. Qatani was designated a terrorist by the Treasury Department in February.

Bilal Utabi was the other senior al-Qaeda leader likely killed in Kunar, along Afghanistan's border with Pakistan.

The head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan recently said al-Qaeda remains active in Afghanistan 15 years after the 9/11 attacks.

At the Pentagon, Lucas Tomlinson, FOX News. 


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