ISIL leader in Afghanistan 'killed in USA raid'

US forces Pentagon Islamic State group leader killed IS leader Afghanistan Kunar jim mattis abu sayed is leader

US forces Pentagon Islamic State group leader killed IS leader Afghanistan Kunar jim mattis abu sayed is leader

Several other members of the organization, known as ISIS Khorasan Province or ISIS-K, were also killed.

U.S. forces have killed Abu Sayed, the leader of ISIS-Khorasan, the terror group's Afghanistan affiliate "in a strike on the group's headquarters in Kunar Province, July 11".

US forces killed the latest leader to take the helm of the Islamic State in Afghanistan, after his two predecessors were killed in American strikes over the past year, the Pentagon announced Friday.

Hasib and other top militant commanders were killed in a joint raid by US Army Rangers and Afghan special forces.

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The spokesperson noted that Abu Sayed became the Islamic State leader in Afghanistan after its previous head, Hafiz Sayed Khan, was killed in July 2016.

Sayed's reported death makes him the third Isis leader in Afghanistan to be killed by allied forces in the past twelve months. Two American soldiers died in the attack, perhaps from friendly fire, military officials said at the time.

The local affiliate of Islamic State, sometimes known as Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) after an old name for the region that includes Afghanistan, has been active since 2015, fighting the Taliban and Afghan and USA forces.

General John Nicholson, the commander of USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in Afghanistan, has pledged to drive the terror group out of Afghanistan by the end of this year.

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