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Last Updated: Monday, 24 July 2006, 17:26 GMT 18:26 UK
Leader of Afghan mujahideen dies
One of the leaders of the Afghan mujahideen, Maulvi Yunis Khalis, has died at the age of 87.

A statement from his son delivered to media organisations in Pakistan said he died on 19 July, but did not say where.

Maulvi Yunis Khalis was a strong supporter of the Taleban and had been in hiding since declaring jihad (holy war) against US-led forces in 2003.

Yunis Khalis headed a faction of the Hezb-i-Islami during the war against Afghan Communists and Soviet troops.

in 1988 he led a delegation of mujahideen leaders to the United Nations and met US President Ronald Reagan.




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