Abu Muhsin Al Masri, an Egyptian national believed to be the number-two for the Islamist militant group in the Indian sub-continent, was targeted in central Ghazni province, Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security said in a statement.
Police Col. Ahmed Muse says the bomber struck the 12th April Army Brigade base near the newly reopened sports stadium in Warta-Nabadda district.
The death last week at 88 of former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld coincided with the cut-losses-and-run of US forces from Afghanistan, the country invaded and occupied by a US-led coalition in 2001.
During the summer of 2002, US Secretary of State Colin Powell warned President George W. Bush against invading and occupying Iraq. “You are going to be the proud owner of 25 million people.
Twenty years after the September 11 attacks, the US “war on terror” is still being fought on a piece of hilly scrubland in southeast Cuba known as Guantanamo Bay.
During the course of the 20-year US war, Al Qaeda was vastly diminished, but questions have arisen about its future prospects with the Taliban back in Kabul.
Rigsbee said the killing of Al Matar will disrupt Al Qaeda's "ability to further plot and carry out global attacks threatening US citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians."
Guantanamo Bay prison, the American prison situated on the Cuban island, has turned 21 on January 12. It has been a symbol of arbitrary arrest and denial of justice as most of its 800 prisoners, all of them Muslim men, were captured by the American forces after the United States walked into Afghanistan at the end of 2001.
President Trump is making plain the degree to which the country remains divided by the American Civil War. His threat to veto the $718bn Defence Bill if it renames military bases called after Confederate generals harks back to 1861. His stand highlights the bizarre way that the US military has named its biggest bases, like Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Hood in Texas, after Confederate generals like Braxton Bragg and John Hood who fought a war to destroy the US.