Afghanistan Forces Eliminate Head of Daesh in Country

The ISIS leader in Afghanistan, Sheikh Abdul Hasib, was killed in an April 27 raid conducted by Afghan special security forces and U.S. troops, Afghan and USA authorities said Sunday.

Abdul Hasib, ISIS head in Afghanistan, was killed in an operation by the Afghan Special Forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar.

US and Afghan special forces, backed by drone strikes and other air support, have waged a series of operations against IS-K this year, killing dozens of their fighters, mainly in Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan.

President Ashraf Ghani said that Hasib was killed in a raid in the early hours of last Thursday.

Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson praised the successful joint operation as another important step in the relentless campaign to defeat IS in the country in 2017.

Two suicide bombers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were blown up by their suicide bombing vests before they manage to target the Afghan security forces.

The March 8 attack on the hospital, carried out by gunmen disguised as medical personnel, left 30 people dead before Afghan security forces killed the attackers.

"Any ISIS member that comes to Afghanistan will meet the same fate", he vowed. The Pentagon says the raid also killed at least 35 ISIS fighters and "several other high ranking ISIS-K leaders".

Afghanistan's security forces killed 23 militants, including eight members of Daesh, outlawed in many countries, including Russian Federation, in the past 24 hours, Sputnik reported on Sunday citing the Afghan Defense Ministry.

US and Afghan troops had been involved in an "intense" 3-hour firefight that also killed two American forces, said a joint statement released after the operation.

  • Jon Douglas