(CNN) — In a “major” joint air and ground operation, Afghan and U.S. forces dismantled al Qaeda training sites in southern Afghanistan last week and early this week, leaving “numerous militants dead,” according to a statement released Tuesday by U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
“This is one of the largest joint ground-assault operations we have ever conducted in Afghanistan,” said Brig. Gen. Wilson Shoffner, a U.S. spokesperson in Afghanistan. “We struck a major al Qaeda sanctuary in the center of the Taliban’s historic heartland.”
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