Tuesday, 19 March, 2019

Head of Islamic State in Afghanistan is killed

Kenny Thornton | 10 May, 2017, 14:41

The official statement stated that Hasib ordered a series of high-profile attacks including one on March 8 on the main military hospital in Kabul that killed almost 50 people. However, President Ghani is confident he was behind the Kabul hospital attack.

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 USA military has said.

It is the second time in nine months that the US and Afghan forces have killed the leader of ISIS Khorasan Province, also known as ISIS Khorasan or ISIS-K. Hasib was appointed the head previous year after his predecessor Hafiz Saeed died in a USA drone strike.

Afghanistan's government confirmed Hasib's death on April 27. They will simply put another leader in place, he added.

Nangarhar may allow the ISIS terrorists to possibly generate funds from the lucrative but illegal opium business and likely enjoy sanctuary at and around the Afghanistan-Pakistan border where many terrorist groups are believed to find a safe haven.

Afghan forces were now entering numerous villages in that region for the first time in many months, thugh intense fighting and aerial bombardment is still going on in five districts of the Nangahar province.

"He had ordered the attack on 400 bed hospital in Kabul that resulted in the death and injuries of a number of our countrymen, women", it said.

According to the US Forces-Afghanistan, defections and recent battlefield losses have reduced the local IS presence from a peak of as many as 3,000 fighters to a maximum of 800.

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Later, he stated that it "was a nod to a short touching passage on a speech on France, of a uniting candidate who is not sectarian".

The provincial government also added that the security forces and the local residents did not suffer any casualties in the airstrikes. Journalists have been prevented from reaching the blast site.

And Secretary of Defense Gen. Jim Mattis worries that, while ISIS might be on "their back foot" in Iraq and Syria, they've got some strength still in Afghanistan.

In Afghanistan, there are 13,000 global troops - 8,400 from the United States - assisting the Afghan security forces, mainly in training and advising roles, but USA troops also carry out counter-terrorism operations.

According to Pentagon estimates, around 1,000 IS fighters remain active in Afghanistan.

USA media said it will seek 3,000 to 5,000 more soldiers, mainly to advise and train Afghan military and police.

The US says it has 8,400 troops in Afghanistan, one-quarter of which are for the counterterrorism mission. The operation to eliminate the high-profile terrorist leader involved some 50 US Army rangers and dozens of Afghan special forces troops.

Two United States Army Rangers were killed during the April 27 raid on Abdul Hasib's compound.


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