Top Leader Of ISIS In Afghanistan Killed In U.S. Army Ranger Raid
The U.S. military announced on Sunday that the top ISIS commander in Afghanistan was killed during a raid by Army Rangers and 40 Afghan commandos. The raid killed Sheikh Abdul Hasib, the top leader of ISIS-K, which stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province and is the ISIS group active in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
On April 26, the strike force was dropped in the Nangarhar Province, within a mile of the area hit by the Mother of All Bombs (MOAB), which happened on April 13. The troops were supplied with air support of AC-130 and F-16 planes, along with drones and Apache helicopters.
Abdul Hasib, the top Islamic State leader in Afghanistan was the target of the raid to the east of Kabul along the Pakistani border and he was disposed of.
From ABC News:
Hasib is accused of directing ISIS fighters to behead local elders in front of their families, ordering the kidnapping of women and girls and forcing them to marry ISIS fighters, and coordinating an attack on a Kabul hospital on March 8 that killed or injured more than 100 Afghans.
“This successful joint operation is another important step in our relentless campaign to defeat ISIS-K in 2017,” said General John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. “This is the second ISIS-K emir we have killed in nine months, along with dozens of their leaders and hundreds of their fighters. For more than two years, ISIS-K has waged a barbaric campaign of death, torture and violence against the Afghan people, especially those in southern Nangarhar.”
Sadly, the attack resulted in the deaths of two Army Rangers, and the U.S. military is investigating whether they were killed by friendly fire.