WASHINGTON – U.S. and Afghan troops killed the leader of the Islamic State group's Afghanistan affiliate in an April raid, U.S. military officials confirmed on Sunday. The raid in Nangarhar province targeted the leader, Abdul Hasib, U.S.-Forces Afghanistan said. His group is affiliated with IS in Iraq and Syria, and the U.S. military calls it Islamic State-Khorasan, or ISIS-K. U.S.-Forces Afghanistan said earlier that if confirmed, the death of the Hasib and his associates would "significantly degrade ISIS-K operations in Afghanistan and help reach our goal of destroying them in 2017." The compound was located near the tunnel complex where the U.S. military on April 13 unleashed the "Mother Of All Bombs" -- a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast device that the Pentagon said was the biggest non-nuclear weapon it had ever used in combat.
WASHINGTON – U.S. forces have killed the head of the Islamic State group's Afghanistan branch, the Pentagon said Friday, marking the third time in a year the franchise has lost its leader. Abu Sayed was killed in a strike Tuesday in Afghanistan's northeastern province of Kunar on the headquarters of IS-Khorasan Province (IS-K) that also killed additional jihadis, the Pentagon said in a statement. "You kill a leader of one of these groups and it sets them back," Pentagon chief James Mattis told reporters. First emerging in 2015, IS-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. Afghan and U.S. forces had killed Abu Sayed's two predecessors atop the group's Afghan branch -- Hafiz Saeed in July 2016 and Abdul Hasib in late April of this year, the Pentagon said.
The head of ISIL in Afghanistan was killed in an operation led by Afghan special forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar last month, US military officials confirmed on Sunday. Abdul Hasib - appointed last year after his predecessor Hafiz Saeed Khan died in a US drone strike - is believed to have ordered a series of high-profile attacks, including one in March on the main military hospital in Kabul by a group of fighters disguised as doctors. US military officials in Afghanistan have previously said Hasib's death would "significantly degrade" the group's operations and "help reach our goal of destroying them in 2017". Last month, a Pentagon spokesman said Hasib had probably been killed during a raid by US and Afghan special forces in Nangarhar, during which two US Army Rangers were killed. But there was no confirmation.
The head of ISIS in Afghanistan was killed in a raid by U.S. and Afghan forces last month that also resulted in the death of two American soliders, the military said Sunday. A statement by U.S. Forces, Afghanistan confirmed that Sheikh Abdul Hasib, described as the Emir of ISIS in the Khorasan Province (ISIS-K), was killed in the April 27 raid in southern Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan. The raid that killed Hasib was carried out in the same area where the U.S. dropped the so-called "Mother of all Bombs" last month. The Pentagon said that more than 50 U.S. Army Rangers and dozens of other partnered Afghan forces battled ISIS for over three hours in the mountain terrain. Two of the Rangers were killed and a third was wounded.
The head of ISIL in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed in an attack on his headquarters in Kunar province earlier this week, the Pentagon said on Friday. Spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement on Friday that other members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant were killed in the strike on Tuesday. "US forces killed Abu Sayed, the emir of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria - Khorasan Province (ISIS-K) - in a strike on the group's headquarters in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, July 11," White said in the statement, referring to ISIL's other acronym. "The raid also killed other ISIS-K members and will significantly disrupt the terror group's plans to expand its presence in Afghanistan." Sayed is the third Islamic State leader in Afghanistan to be killed since July 2016.