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ISIS-K leader killed in Kunar

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AT-KABUL: The US forces have killed Abu Sayed, the emir of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan province (ISIS-K), in a strike in July 11 on the group’s headquarters in Kunar province of Afghanistan.

A statement issued here by the Pentagon Spokesperson, Dana W. White said that the US strike also killed other ISIS-K members and would significantly disrupt the terror group’s plans to expand its presence in Afghanistan.

ISIS leaders chose Abu Sayed to lead the group after Afghan and U.S. forces killed the previous ISIS-K leaders – Hafiz Sayed Khan in late July 2016, and Abdul Hasib, in late April of this year.

Afghan and U.S. forces launched a counter-ISIS-K offensive in early March 2017 to drive fighters from Nangarhar and send a clear message to ISIS that there is no sanctuary for their fighters in Afghanistan.

Moreover, General John Nicholson, US forces-Afghanistan commander confirmed the killing of Abu Sayed, the Emir of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – Khorasan province (ISIS-K) during a strike in Kunar province on July 11.

“This operation is another success in our campaign to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan in 2017,” said Nicholson in a media statement. “Abu Sayed is the third ISIS-K emir we have killed in the last year and we will continue until they are annihilated. There is no safe haven for ISIS-K in Afghanistan,” he added.

Recently, members of the Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of Parliament expressed deepest concern over increasing of (Islamic State), aka Daesh fighters and its threats in eastern Nangarhar and some other provinces. They said that despite of dropping of Mother of All Bombs (MoAB), Daesh militants increased more in Nangarhar.

Daesh fighters also had captured part of Tora Bora for few days and pushed back by the Afghan forces.

Daesh or Islamic State footprint has been revealed around two years ago in southern Helmand for the first time, and gradually expanded to Nangarhar, Zabul, Ghor, Kunar and some other provinces across the country.