15 Jul '17, 8am

#ISIS leader in #Afghanistan is killed by drone, Pentagon says

WASHINGTON (NYTIMES) - The leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria's (ISIS) branch in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed by a US drone strike this week, the Pentagon said Friday (July 14). The strike, on Tuesday, targeted the militants' headquarters in Kunar province, Afghanistan. Other members of the group were also killed in the operation, the Pentagon said in a statement, which asserted that the attack would "significantly disrupt the terror group's plans to expand its presence in Afghanistan." The ISIS, however, has proved its resilience by replacing its leaders soon after they are killed. Get The Straits Times newsletters in your inbox Sign Up Sayed was chosen to lead the group in Afghanistan after his predecessor, Abdul Hasib, was killed in April during a special forces raid in Nangarhar province, where the militant group has been active. Two US Army Rangers we...

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