Crunch time for Afghan Isis after leader is killed in strike

Crunch time for Afghan Isis after leader is killed in strike

Crunch time for Afghan Isis after leader is killed in strike

KABUL-U.S. and Afghan forces killed the leader of Islamic State in Afghanistan on Saturday night in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, Afghan officials said Sunday, the third head of the terror group to be killed since July a year ago.

The National Directorate of Security in Kabul said the strikes that killed Erhabi were part of a joint air and ground operation conducted alongside US-led coalition forces. The intelligence agency described him as the "emir" of the group, though that.

Arhabi is the fourth leader of Daesh's Afghan branch to be killed since the group first emerged in the country around 2014.

"US forces conducted a counter-terrorism strike in Nangarhar province targeting a senior leader of a terrorist group", said a spokesperson for Operation Resolute Support, a NATO-led mission which trains and advises Afghan forces".

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The provincial governor's spokesman Attaullah Khogyani confirmed Erhabi's death.

Lt. Col. Martin O'Donnell, the U.S. Forces-Afghanistan spokesman, confirmed that they targeted a "senior leader of a designated terrorist organization" in Afghanistan.

Earlier this month, ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack on a university preparatory academy in Kabul which killed 48 and injured 67 others.

Hours before the raid the group claimed a deadly suicide attack which appeared to target a sit-in protest outside an election commission office in the city of Jalalabad, in which two people were killed. Estimates of ISIL's numbers in the country run as high as 2,000.

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In March, the U.S. military released rare footage of United States special operators and Afghan Special Security Forces carrying out a nighttime raid on ISIS-affiliated fighters in Afghanistan.

Prior to the attack, 150 ISIS fighters surrendered to Afghan security forces in the northwestern province of Jawzjan, where the group is fighting for control of smuggling routes into neighboring Turkmenistan.

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