Head of Isis in Afghanistan killed by United States air strike, Pentagon says


American forces killed Abu Sayed, considered the emir of the group that runs the terror network's operations in Afghanistan, on July 11 in Kunar province, chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement.

The Pentagon said Friday that U.S. forces have killed Abu Sayed, the leader of ISIS-Khorasan, the terror group's Afghanistan affiliate. Those deaths "will significantly disrupt the terror group's plan to expand" in Afghanistan, according to a Pentagon statement.

The Pentagon is reporting that an ISIS affiliate leader has been killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan.

Abu Sayed is the third ISIS-K emir we have killed in the past year and we will continue until they are annihilated. Hasib's predecessor Hafiz Sayed Khan was also killed by USA forces.

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USA forces have killed the leader of the Islamic State group's Afghanistan branch in a raid in the northeastern province of Kunar, the Pentagon said on July 14.

First emerging in 2015, IS-K overran large parts of Nangarhar and Kunar provinces, near the Pakistan border, but their part in the Afghan conflict had been largely overshadowed by the operations against the Taliban.

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