Afghan IS head Abu Sayed killed in U.S. raid

  • Afghan IS head Abu Sayed killed in U.S. raid

Afghan IS head Abu Sayed killed in U.S. raid

An American drone killed an ISIS leader in a raid on the terror group's headquarters in Kunar province, eastern Afghanistan.

U.S. forces have killed the leader of the Islamic State (IS) militant group's Afghanistan branch in a raid in the northeastern province of Kunar, the Pentagon said Friday.

The "air raid also killed other members of the AE-Khorasan and will greatly disrupt the goals of the terrorist group to increase its presence in Afghanistan", she explained.

"This operation is another success in our campaign to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan in 2017", he said in a statement after Pentagon confirmed the death of ISIS leader Abu Sayed.

ISIS-K, or ISIS-Khorasan, is the Afghanistan branch of the terror group operating in the Khorasan region of the country. "You kill a leader of one of these groups and it sets them back". Hafiz Sayed Khan, another leader, was killed last July. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who had told lawmakers that he expected the review to be completed by mid-July, told reporters on Friday that it was close to completion.

Officials said the bomb killed 92 ISIS fighters.

The biggest reason is that Abu Sayyed is the third Pentagon-claimed emir they've killed in Afghanistan in just the last 12 months. The attack left six people dead, as well as the three assailants.

On May 3, ISIS attacked a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation convoy in Kabul killing at least 8 people, and wounding 28.

The head of the Islamic State's Afghan faction has been killed by US forces in an operation in the eastern part of the country, marking the second time in two years the chieftain of the Afghan cell has been eliminated via American counterterrorism operations.