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Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Leader of Afghan IS branch killed in USA raid: Pentagon

Leader of Afghan IS branch killed in USA raid: Pentagon

The Pentagon says that US forces killed the head of the Islamic State group affiliate in Afghanistan in an airstrike in Kunar province earlier this week.

Abu Sayed's predecessor, Abdul Hasib, was killed in a military raid earlier this year.

U.S. forces killed the leader of the militant Islamic State group's Afghanistan branch in a raid earlier this week in the northeastern province of Kunar, the Pentagon said on Friday.

The Pentagon says the leader of the Daesh (ISIS) group's Afghanistan branch has been killed in a USA raid in the northeastern province of Kunar.

National Security Correspondent Jeff Seldin at the Pentagon contributed to this article.

USA forces have killed the leader of the Islamic State's affiliate in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Friday.

The latter was killed during a joint operation of us forces and local in the east of the country.

April's raid also resulted in the deaths of several other high ranking ISIS leaders and 35 of their militants. "It's the right direction", Pentagon chief Jim Mattis told reporters. Beginning in earnest in May, the opening salvo in the Afghan ISIS fight was the decision to drop the most powerful, non-nuclear weapon in the American arsenal on ISIS-K strongholds in eastern Afghanistan.

U.S. Army soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment search mountains in the Andar province of Afghanistan for Taliban members and weapons caches.

General John Nicholson, the top USA commander in Afghanistan, has vowed to defeat ISIS there this year.

Sayed's killing will significantly hinder the expansion plans of ISIS in Afghanistan, according to the US Department of Defense.

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