Somewhere in Pakistan there’s a goat breathing a sigh of relief.

(LWJ)– A German national who served as a senior member of al Qaeda’s external operations branch as well as a leader in the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan was killed during fighting last year in Afghanistan.

Bekkay Harrach, a German national who operated along the Afghan-Pakistani border, was killed while leading an assault on the Bagram Airfield in central Afghanistan, according to a martyrdom statement recently released by the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. Harrach was also known as Al Hafidh Abu Talha al Almani.

“Our friend Bekkay from Bonn, alias Abu Talha, the fearless preacher, who has tangled with the whole of Germany, died … the death of Shaheed (martyr),” the statement read, according to a report in Spiegel.

Harrach led a team of 20 fighters made up from the ranks of al Qaeda, the Pakistani Taliban, and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, according to the statement. The various terrorist groups carry out military operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan under the aegis of the Lashkar al Zil, or the Shadow Army [for more information, see LWJ report, Al Qaeda’s paramilitary ‘Shadow Army’].

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