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Air-DroneA US air strike killed a senior Al Qaeda commander along with two other militants in southeastern Paktika, the Pentagon said Friday.

Dawn.com stated the attack occurred on July 11 which killed Abu Khalil al-Sudani, a "high-ranking Al-Qaeda operational commander" and in charge of suicide bombing, the Pentagon said in a statement released to reporters in Iraq who were travelling with US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter.

"Al-Sudani was one of three known violent extremists killed in the strike. The death of al-Sudani will further degrade Al Qaeda operations across the globe," the statement said.

The Pentagon described Sudani as a senior shura member and head of Al Qaeda's suicide and explosive operations, and said he was directly linked to plotting attacks against the United States.

"He also directed operations against Coalition, Afghan and Pakistani forces, and maintained a close association with Aymar al-Zawahiri, Al Qaeda's leader," the statement said.

In the statement, Carter said the killing of Sudani underscored the work done by General John Campbell, the commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan, and his troops "to take the fight to Al Qaeda".

"We will continue to counter violent extremism in the region and the world," Carter said