Pentagon: IS in Afghanistan leader killed in April raid

Pentagon: IS in Afghanistan leader killed in April raid”

Referring to the April 27 U.S. airstrike that took out the Afghan ISIS emir, a Pentagon spokesman revealed the following day that suspected ISIS-K jihadists had killed two American Army Rangers during a U.S. -Afghanistan operation, noting that Hasib may have also met his demise during the raid, without elaborating further.

The Interior Ministry said the airstrikes killed at least 34 IS fighters over the past 24 hours and destroyed an insurgent-controlled radio station in Nangarhar province.

Hasib switched his allegiance to the Islamic State in Afghanistan, taking over from his predecessor, Hafiz Saeed Khan, who was killed nine months ago in a USA airstrike.

The U.S. military command in Afghanistan said in a statement Sunday that U.S. forces had participated in the raid that killed Hasib and up to 35 other militants.

The leader of the militant group ISIS Khorasan Province, Abdul Hasib, is credited with a March assault on the main Afghan Army hospital in Kabul that killed at about 100 people.

The Hamza operations were launched almost one month ago in response to the growing threats posed by ISIS loyalists in Nangarhar province. At the time of the raid officials said they thought Logari had been killed, but were not certain.

The group, sometimes referred to as Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K), has been active since 2015, fighting both the Taliban as well as Afghan and USA forces, Reuters reports.

Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of USA forces in Afghanistan, said Hasib's death marked "another important step in our relentless campaign to defeat" the Islamic State - also known as ISIS and ISIL - in Afghanistan.

"For more than two years, ISIS-K has waged a barbaric campaign of death, torture and violence against the Afghan people, especially those in southern Nangarhar, noted General Nicholson".

Logari was responsible for ordering a March attack on a military hospital in Kabul, according to the office of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, which also confirmed the terror leader's death.

"I applaud the tremendous skill and courage shown by our Afghan partners", Gen Nicholson said. "This fight strengthens our resolve to rid Afghanistan of these terrorists and bring peace and stability to this great country".

ISIS chieftains aren't known for their longevity.

The raid came eight months after the previous ISIS-K leader, or emir, Hafiz Saeed, was killed in a US drone strike.

Hasib was appointed previous year following the death of his predecessor, Hafiz Saeed Khan, in a US drone strike in the same Afghan province.

The majority of the ISIS-K members are disgruntled Taliban fighters from the group's offshoot in Afghanistan and Pakistan, with most belonging the Pakistani faction, the US military has said.

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