US says it has killed IS chief in Afghanistan
Abu Sayed had became the leader of the Islamic State- Khorasan Province in April.world Updated: Jul 15, 2017 21:35 IST
The United States announced on Friday its military had killed Abu Sayed, the head of Islamic State- Khorasan Province (IS-K), in a strike on the outfit’s headquarters in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province on July 11.
Several other members of the outfit were killed in the strike as well.
“It’s obviously a victory on our side,” defence secretary James Mattis told reporters, adding that the significance of these strikes was that “you kill a leader of one of these groups and it sets them back for, you know, a day, a week, a month …, in terms of setting them back”.
Abu Sayed became the leader of IS-K in April after Afghan and US forces killed Abdul Hasib, the previous chief. Hafiz Sayed Khan, another leader, was killed last July.
US Forces-Afghanistan commander Gen John W Nicholson called Sayed’s death “another success” in the campaign against IS-K. “Abu Sayed is the third ISIS-K emir we have killed in the last year, and we will continue until they are annihilated. There is no safe haven for ISIS-K in Afghanistan,” he tweeted, using another acronym for Islamic State.