IS leader in Afghanistan killed in raid: Pentagon

IS leader in Afghanistan killed in raid: Pentagon

IS leader in Afghanistan killed in raid: Pentagon

"Us forces killed Abu Sayed", the leader of the AES-Khorasan -name of the local branch of the AES in Afghanistan- in a "strike on the headquarters of the group is" jihadist, July 11, has stated in a press release the spokesperson of the us department of Defense, Dana White.

Abu Sayed, who was known as the "emir" of Isis's affiliate in Afghanistan, Isis-K, died during a raid by U.S. and Afghan forces this week, a USA spokeswoman said.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said that Abu Sayed was chosen to lead the group after USA and Afghan forces killed the previous IS leaders Hafiz Sayed Khan in a drone strike last year and Abdul Hasib earlier this year.

Pentagon officials said they believe the death of this emir would "significantly disrupt" ISIS attempts to expand their presence in the country.

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

USA administration official told the Associated Press that the Pentagon military was planning to send 4,000 troops into Afghanistan to train and advise Afghan forces.

The Defense Department announced on Friday that the USA military killed an ISIS leader in a blow that "sets them back for a day, a week, a month", Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters.

IS militants who have been fighting the government forces in the eastern Nangarhar, northern Jawzjan and some certain parts of Afghanistan have yet to make comment.

Mattis has indicated a possibility of sending a few more thousand troops to the region, with a review of the USA policy in Afghanistan expected mid-July. Hafiz Sayed Khan, another leader, was killed last July.

U.S. and Afghan forces have been pummelling ISIS positions in eastern Afghanistan for months in an effort to dislodge the militants from the craggy peaks and remote valleys of Nangarhar and Kunar provinces. "This is the right direction", responded the head of the Pentagon Jim Mattis.

Mattis theorize that Sayed death would put ISIS-K at a disadvantage "for a day, a week, a month", depending on "what kind of people are below him".

The compound used by Hasib in Nangarhar province was not far from the spot where on April 13, the United States military dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat, hitting ISIL positions.

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