The airstrike that killed al-Taifi and another al Qaeda militant took place Sunday in Kunar’s Watahpur district, the coalition said. A follow-on assessment of the area determined that no civilians were harmed, it said.
Many senior al Qaeda commanders have died in U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region, and bin Laden was killed by U.S. commandos in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad last May.
Bin Laden advised al Qaeda militants to leave Pakistan’s North and South Waziristan tribal areas because of the threat of drone attacks, according to letters seized from the compound where he was killed. The documents were later released by the U.S.
In one of the letters, bin Laden recommended they go to Afghanistan’s Kunar province because of “its rougher terrain; too many mountains, rivers, and trees that can accommodate hundreds of brothers without being spotted by the enemy,” according to the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, which published the documents.