Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Head of Islamic State in Afghanistan confirmed killed


The Pentagon says a military raid last month killed the head of the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan, Islamic State-Khorasan, or ISIS-K.

"The Afghan government is committed to continuing its operations against Daesh and other terrorist groups until they are annihilated", it said in a statement, using another name for the Islamic State group.

U.S. military officials on Sunday endorsed Ghani's claims and detailed that USA and Afghan troops killed the leader of the IS's Afghanistan affiliate in an April raid in Nangarhar province.

Seeking to capitalize on the death of a top Islamic State commander, Afghan forces surged through districts in eastern Afghanistan long held by the radical Islamist group as warplanes pounded militant hideouts, officials said Monday.

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In mid-April the USA dropped the largest conventional bomb ever used in combat, colloquially dubbed the "mother of all bombs", against an ISIS-K tunnel complex.

"This is the second ISIS-K emir we have killed in nine months, along with dozens of their leaders and hundreds of their fighters", North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, said, using the acronym denoting the group's local affiliate, Islamic State Khorasan Province.

Afghanistan's government confirmed Hasib's death on April 27.

US and Afghan special forces, backed by drone strikes and other air support, have waged a series of operations against IS-K since March, killing dozens of their fighters, mainly in Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan, according to the newswire.

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As the administration of President Donald Trump weighs sending more troops to Afghanistan, the 16-year war grinds on in bloody stalemate.

Three months later, two similar attacks during the religious festival of Ashura claimed about 30 lives, and in November 2016 an attack at a mosque in Kabul killed more than 30.

"This is the second ISIS-K emir we have killed in nine months, along with dozens of their leaders and hundreds of their fighters", said General John Nicholson, Commander US Forces - Afghanistan.

Those additional troops would allow USA advisers to work with Afghan army units at the brigade level, bringing the Afghan mission more in line with how United States advisers operate in Iraq. Military officials described a chaotic scene, where multiple US fire supports were called in as the terrorist group mounted a fierce resistance.

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But it has faced armed opposition from the larger and more powerful Afghan Taliban - correspondents say as a outcome, IS has struggled to increase its support or the amount of territory it holds in Afghanistan.

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