Leader of ISIS in Afghanistan killed in April raid, Pentagon say

Posted May 13, 2017

The leader of Islamic State in Afghanistan has been killed in a joint raid in eastern Nangarhar province, Afghan and us military officials confirmed Sunday.

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.

That's the same area where the terror group's top local commander was killed by Afghan and US military forces in April.

The U.S. troops, supported by Afghan forces, have dramatically reduced the ISIS-K military footprint from a peak of as many as 3,000 to 600 now, WaPo learned from Navy Capt. William Salvin, as spokesman for American troops in Afghanistan.

Hasib had directed an attack in March on the country's biggest military hospital in the capital, Kabul, which killed 50 and wounded more than 80 in one of the deadliest assaults since 2001, US forces said. It was carried out by Afghan Special Security Forces in partnership with USA forces.

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 U.S. forces, Reuters reports.

The dead terrorist's claim to fame was orchestrating a bloody attack on the Kabul National Military Hospital on March 8.

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"He was responsible for ordering the attack on the 400-bed hospital in Kabul, he kidnapped girls and beheaded elders in front of their families", the president's office said in a series of tweets Sunday night.

"This successful joint operation is another important step in our relentless campaign to defeat ISIS-K in 2017", Nicholson said in a statement on Sunday, referring to an abbreviation of the group's name in Afghanistan.

Two United States Army Rangers were killed during the April 27 raid on Abdul Hasib's compound. He said the terrorists had "waged a barbaric campaign of death, torture and violence against the Afghan people, especially those in southern Nangarhar". In July, Hasib's predecessor, Hafiz Saeed Khan, was killed in a US airstrike.

"I applaud the tremendous skill and courage shown by our Afghan partners", Nicholson said in a statement.

"Any ISIS member that comes to Afghanistan will meet the same fate", he vowed.

Islamic State has come under increased pressure after expanding its foothold in Afghanistan.

"This successful joint operation is another important step in our relentless campaign to defeat ISIS-K in 2017", Gen. John Nicholson, the top USA commander in Afghanistan, said in a statement, adding that 35 Islamic State fighters and several high ranking commanders were killed in the April 27 raid.