Head of ISIS in Afghanistan killed: Pentagon

WASHINGTON—The head of the ISIS terrorist group in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed in a strike on the group’s headquarters in Kunar province earlier this week, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement that other members of the Islamic State group were killed in the strike on Tuesday.

Sayed is the third ISIS leader in Afghanistan to be killed since July 2016.

Former leader Abdul Hasib was killed in a joint U.S. and Afghan operation on April 27 in the eastern province of Nangarhar. Hasib’s predecessor Hafiz Saeed Khan died in a U.S. drone strike in 2016.

The local affiliate of ISIS, sometimes known as ISIS Khorasan, after an old name for the region that includes Afghanistan, has been active since 2015, fighting the Taliban and Afghan and U.S. forces.

 

 
 
 
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