ISIS' Afghan branch leader killed in US strike
The US forces have killed the head of Islamic State's Afghanistan branch in a strike on the terror group's headquarters in Kunar Province, the Pentagon has said.
The killing of Abu Sayed, the emir of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria -- Khorasan Province (ISIS-K), marked the third time within a year that the terror group's Afghanistan branch has lost its leader.
"US forces killed Abu Sayed, the emir of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria -- Khorasan Province (ISIS-K), in a strike on the group's headquarters in Kunar Province, Afghanistan,on July 11," Pentagon Spokesman Dana White has said.
The raid also killed other ISIS-K members and will significantly disrupt the terror group's plans to expand its presence in Afghanistan, she said.
"Afghan and US 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," White said.