ISIS leader in Afghanistan killed in airstrike: Pentagon

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The leader of ISIS’ Afghanistan branch has been killed in an air strike, according to the Pentagon.

Abu Sayed was killed in an air strike at the group's headquarters in Kunar province earlier this week, Pentagon spokeswomen Dana White said in a statement.

Tuesday's raid also killed other members of ISIS and would "significantly disrupt the terror group's plans to expand its presence in Afghanistan", the statement added.

Sayed was the “emir” of ISIS-Khorasan (ISIS-K), the terror group’s affiliate in Afghanistan, which has been active since 2015, fighting against the Taliban as well as Afghan.

“ISIS leaders chose Abu Sayed to lead the group after Afghan forces killed the previous ISIS-K leaders - Hafiz Sayed Khan in late July 2016, and Abdul Hasib, in late April of this year,” the Pentagon statement said.

April's raid also resulted in the deaths of several other high ranking ISIS leaders and 35 of their militants. Two American soldiers were also killed, possibly through so-called "friendly fire", officials said at the time.

The death of Abu Sayed follows speculation that the leader of ISIS in Iraq, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, could also be dead - although his demise has been falsely reported on previous occasions.

The latest claim about al-Baghdadi - described as "the world's most wanted man" - comes from a prominent Syrian human rights group, who issued a statement saying that three ISIS leaders told the group's activists that their leader was dead.





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