US airstrike kills ISIL leader in Afghanistan

Pentagon says Hafiz Sayed Khan death will affect group's regional recruiting efforts

US airstrike kills ISIL leader in Afghanistan

World Bulletin / News Desk

An American airstrike last month, in operations against ISIL in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, targeted and killed ISIL leader Hafiz Sayed Khan in the Achin district, the Pentagon said Friday.

"Khan was known to directly participate in attacks against U.S. and coalition forces, and the actions of his network terrorized Afghans, especially in Nangarhar," Pentagon spokesman Gordon Trowbridge said in a written press release.

Khan was ISIL’s emir of Khorasan, according to the statement, which said ISIL-Khorasan, or ISIL-K, is the group’s Afghanistan branch operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Trowbridge said Nangarhar has been a "hotbed" for ISIL-Khorasan activity since 2015.

Khan's death is expected to affect the group's recruiting efforts and to disrupt its operations in the region, according to the Pentagon.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Ağustos 2016, 13:24
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