Head of ISIS in Afghanistan killed in special raid

Head of ISIS in Afghanistan killed in special raid

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Head of ISIS branch in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib

Head of ISIS branch in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, killed by Afghan and U.S. Special Forces.

By Ben Arie – Arutz Sheva

The head of the Islamic State (ISIS) branch in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, was killed by Afghan and U.S.
Special Forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar, U.S. and Afghan officials said on Sunday, according
to Reuters.

He was killed in an operation that took place on April 27, according to the report.

Hasib, appointed last year after his predecessor Hafiz Saeed Khan died in a U.S. drone strike, is believed
to have ordered a series of high profile attacks including one in March 8 on the main military hospital in
Kabul, a statement said.

Last month, a Pentagon spokesman said Hasib had probably been killed in a raid by U.S. and Afghan
special forces in Nangarhar during which two U.S. army Rangers were killed. Prior to Sunday’s
announcement, however, there had been no confirmation.

“This successful joint operation is another important step in our relentless campaign to defeat ISIS-K in
2017,” the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson said in a statement from U.S.
military headquarters in Kabul, according to Reuters.

The statement, following an earlier announcement by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, said Hasib directed
the March 8 attack on the main Kabul military hospital by a group of terrorists disguised as doctors.
Dozens of medical staff and patients were killed in the attack.

The statement said Hasib also ordered fighters to behead local elders in front of their families and
kidnap women and girls to force them to marry ISIS fighters.

The Afghan affiliate of ISIS, sometimes known as Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K), has been active since
2015, fighting both the Taliban as well as Afghan and U.S. forces.

Last month, the U.S. carried out a massive air strike against ISIS in Afghanistan, killing at least 36
terrorists.

The attack included the first ever use of the GBU-43/B Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb, or
“Mother Of All Bombs”, the largest conventional bomb ever built.

Defeating ISIS in Afghanistan remains one of the top U.S. priorities in Afghanistan. It is believed the
group maintains links with the main Islamic State movement in Iraq and Syria but has considerable
operational independence.