Pentagon: Islamic State leader in Afghanistan killed in airstrike

The leader of the Islamic State movement's Afghanistan branch was killed last month in a US airstrike, the Pentagon said Friday.

Hafiz Sayed Khan, described as the emir of the group's Afghanistan and Pakistan wing, was killed in a July 26 strike in Achin district of Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, Pentagon spokesman Gordon Trowbridge said.

The airstrike occurred during month-long special forces joint US and Afghan military operations against the Islamic State movement during July in southern Nangarhar province. The airstrike was carried out with Khan as the target, according to the Pentagon.

"Khan was known to directly participate in attacks against US and coalition forces, and the actions of his network terrorized Afghans, especially in Nangarhar," Trowbridge said.

Nangarhar province has been used by the Islamic State branch to recruit, train and equip fighters joining the extremist group.

Khan's death should disrupt the group's recruiting and operations in and around Afghanistan, the spokesman said. He had previously been part of a Taliban group before swearing allegiance to the Islamic State movement.

Last update: Sat, 13/08/2016 - 01:56
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