WASHINGTON — THE PINNACLE of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed in a strike on the group’s headquarters in Kunar province in advance this week, the Pentagon mentioned on Friday.
Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a press release that other contributors of the Islamic State crew had been also killed within the strike on Tuesday.
U.S. Security Secretary Jim Mattis told journalists, “the importance is you kill a pacesetter of one of these groups and it units them back … it’s clearly a victory on our aspect in phrases of setting them again, it is the correct direction.”
Sayed is the 3rd Islamic State chief in Afghanistan to be killed seeing that July 2016.
Former chief Abdul Hasib used to be killed in a joint U.S. and Afghan operation on April 27 in the japanese province of Nangarhar. Hasib’s predecessor Hafiz Saeed Khan died in a U.S. drone strike in 2016.
Afghan troops, sponsored by U.S. warplanes and unique forces, were struggling with militants linked to Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan for years.
The native affiliate of Islamic State, on occasion known as Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-OK) after an vintage identify for the region that includes Afghanistan, has been energetic because 2015, fighting the Taliban and Afghan and U.S. forces.
Basic John Nicholson, the highest U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has vowed to defeat Islamic State there this yr.