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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
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Hindustan Times, Washington
Islamic State- Khorasan Province,Afghanistan,US Forces-Afghanistan commander Gen John W Nicholson
Gen John W Nicholson (right) and incoming Maj Gen Robin L Fontes attend a change of command ceremony at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul on July 15, 2017. (AP)

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.

First Published: Jul 15, 2017 21:35 IST