U.S. forces kill ISIS leader in Afghanistan

U.S. forces killed the leader of ISIS’ Afghanistan branch in a raid this week, the Pentagon announced Friday.

Abu Sayed, the emir of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — Khorasan Province, was killed in a strike on the group’s headquarters in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, on Tuesday, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement.

The operation was part of an offensive to counter ISIS-K that was launched in March 2017, White said.

The U.S. had previously killed two other leaders of the group in Afghanistan: Hafiz Sayed Khan a year ago, and Abdul Hasib in April.

White said Sayed’s death, along with other members killed during the raid, “will significantly disrupt the terror group’s plans to expand its presence in Afghanistan.”

In April, the U.S. Air Force dropped the GBU-43/B, commonly referred to as the “mother of all bombs,” the second-largest non-nuclear weapon, in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, to destroy a tunnel network that belonged to the ISIS-K. The strike was intended to reduce the risk to U.S. and allied forces conducting clearing operations in the area.

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