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US Drone Strike Obliterates Islamic State's Afghan Leader

15 July 2017

Sayed is the third ISIS-K commander killed by US forces in the past year.

U.S. forces have killed the head of the Islamic State group's Afghanistan branch, the Pentagon said Friday, marking the third time in a year the franchise has lost its leader.

On June 16, the Russian Defense Ministry said that Baghdadi might have been among a group of terrorist leaders attending a so-called Daesh military council, and killed in a Russian strike of Syria's militant-held city of Raqqah, which serves as the terrorists' de facto capital in Syria, on May 28.

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Initially the Pentagon identified Sayed being killed in a "raid". "It is obviously a victory on our side in terms of setting them back, it's the right direction". Hafiz Sayed Khan was killed in late July 2016, while his replacement, Abdul Hasib, was killed in April.

More details about the operation were revealed by US Navy Captain Bill Salvin who said Sayed was killed in an airstrike by a US drone.

"The raid also killed other ISIS-K members and will significantly disrupt the terror group's plans to expand its presence in Afghanistan".

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Just two weeks before the attack on Hasib, the US military dropped a 22,000 thousand bomb, called the MOAB, on a cave complex in Achin, destroying what was described by the military as a key cave complex used by the militants.

Former leader Abdul Hasib was killed in a joint United States and Afghan operation on April 27 in the eastern province of Nangarhar.

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US Drone Strike Obliterates Islamic State's Afghan Leader