Leader of Afghan IS branch killed in US raid: Pentagon

15 July, 2017, 21:49 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Islamic State's leader in Afghanistan has been killed

The leader of the Islamic State's branch in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed by an American drone strike this week, the Pentagon said on Friday, July 14, according to The New York Times.

Abu Sayed was the third leader of the group, known as ISIS-Khorasan Province (ISIS-K), to be killed by USA forces over the past year. There are serious reasons to doubt that this is going to have much impact, however.

The fact that Abu Sayed was killed in Kunar instead of Nangarhar indicates the U.S.

"This is obviously a victory for our side to push them back". "We will continue until they are annihilated. This is the right direction", responded the head of the Pentagon Jim Mattis.

First emerging in 2015, Daesh-K overran large parts of Nangarhar and Kunar provinces, near the Pakistan border, but their part in the Afghan conflict had been largely overshadowed by the operations against the Taliban.

Abu Sayed's predecessor, Abdul Hasib, was killed in a military raid in April.

This has been stated by Pentagon spokesperson Dana White in a statement in Washington. "This operation is another success in our campaign to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan in 2017", Nicholson said in a statement.

Gen. Nicholson who is also in command of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, made the remarks after the confirmation of the death of the newly appointed ISIS leader in Afghanistan.

In April, the US dropped its largest conventional bomb, dubbed "the Mother of All Bombs", on a large cave complex housing ISIS fighters in Nangarhar province.


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