Islamic State Leader In Afghanistan Reported Killed

  • Islamic State Leader In Afghanistan Reported Killed

Islamic State Leader In Afghanistan Reported Killed

The deputy spokesperson for Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani announced that Abu Sayeed Orakzai, the Islamic State leader in Afghanistan, had been one of those killed in the drone strike, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan spokesman Lt. Col. Martin O'Donnell told Fox News.

According to Reuters, 10 other members of ISIS-K (Islamic State Khorasan) were also killed in the coordinated air and ground operation.

O'Donnell of Operation Resolute Support said the US "unrelentingly" continues its counter-terrorism efforts against ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and other regional and global terrorist groups.

The jihadist group's Amaq's news agency did not report anything about it, the report states. A large amount of heavy and light weapons and ammunition were destroyed during raids on two ISIS hideouts.

The strike was carried out by Afghan and coalition forces after receiving intelligence from Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security, Khogyani said.

The previous leader of Islamic State Khorasan, Abu Sayed, was killed in a U.S. strike on the group's headquarters in Kunar province in July 2017.

The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan has been killed in an airstrike on the group's hideout close to the Pakistan border.

Afghan and U.S. officials say a U.S. strike in eastern Afghanistan has killed a senior Daesh commander.

Meanwhile, the exact number of ISIS fighters in Afghanistan is hard to calculate because the fighters frequently switch allegiances.

The group has been increasingly active in the eastern province and is often behind deadly attacks in the country - particularly in Jalalabad and Kabul. But the USA military estimates that there are about 2,000.

How many Islamic fighters are there?

The local affiliate of Islamic State, also called the Islamic State Khorasan after an old name for the region that includes Afghanistan, has been fighting the Taliban, Afghan and USA forces since 2015, according to the report.