Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Isis leader killed in Afghan raid

Isis leader killed in Afghan raid

The attack, which happened in the past 24 hours, followed news that Islamic State's leader in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, was killed in a joint assault by Afghan and USA forces on April 27.

The militant leader, Abdul Hasib, had overseen a number of bloody attacks that directly challenged the authority of President Ashraf Ghani, including a massacre at the main Afghan army hospital in Kabul that killed at least 50 people.

The raid in Nangarhar province targeted the leader, Abdul Hasib, US-Forces Afghanistan said on Sunay.

"This successful joint operation is another important step in our relentless campaign to defeat ISIS-K [Islamic State Khorasan, a local affiliate] in 2017", said John Nicholson, the commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

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Its main strongholds are in the eastern provinces of Nangarhar and Kunar.

That's the same area where the terror group's top local commander was killed by Afghan and us military forces in April.

"He was responsible for ordering the attack on the 400-bed hospital in Kabul, he kidnapped girls and beheaded elders in front of their families", the president's office said in a series of tweets Sunday night.

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In February, Gen. John Nicholson, commander of Resolute Support and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that leadership assesses "the current security situation in Afghanistan as a stalemate".

Earlier, Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of USA forces in Afghanistan, said Logari was the second leader of IS in Afghanistan to be killed in the last nine months.

Hasib is the second leader of ISIS-K - an ISIS division based in the Khorasan region, which spans some of Afghanistan and neighboring countries - to be killed in the past year.

The majority of the ISIS-K members are disgruntled Taliban fighters from the group's offshoot in Afghanistan and Pakistan, with most belonging the Pakistani faction, the US military has said.

Islamic State, also known as IS, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh, has been seeking to establish a caliphate inside Afghanistan through its local affiliate.

"Within a few minutes of landing, our combined force came under intense fire from multiple directions and well-prepared fighting positions", the US military said in a statement.

Afghan and USA troops have been making headway against ISIS in Afghanistan.

United States military officials and the state department are recommending sending at least three thousand more troops to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban.

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