ISIS chief in Afghanistan killed in April raid, USA military says

ISIS chief in Afghanistan killed in April raid, USA military says

ISIS chief in Afghanistan killed in April raid, USA military says

"The Afghan government is committed to continuing its operations against Daesh and other terrorist groups until they are annihilated", it said in a statement, using another name for the Islamic State group.

The head of the Islamic State's Afghan affiliate was killed in an April 27 raid that cost the lives of two U.S. Army Rangers, the Pentagon announced Monday.

In July 2016, a suicide bomb attack on a rally in Kabul killed about 80 people.

In February, Gen. John Nicholson, the top us commander in Afghanistan, said he needed a "few thousand" more USA troops in Afghanistan to take advantage of the expanded authority granted by the Obama administration, including accompanying conventional Afghan forces and permission to conduct airstrikes against Taliban targets. Hasib's predecessor was obliterated by a US drone strike past year. Like Hasib, his death was seen as a setback, but not a mortal blow to the group. At the time of the raid officials said they thought Logari had been killed, but were not certain. Kabul-based analyst Ahmad Saeedi said the killing was unlikely to affect the group in a dramatic way because he would be quickly replaced.

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"Fights in Afghanistan are not domestic; it is worldwide terrorism operating in Afghanistan", Waziri said.

Abdul Hasib died in a joint Afghan-U.S. operation in Nangarhar province April 27, Reuters reported. Their part in the Afghan conflict had been largely overshadowed by the much stronger Taleban.

The ISIS-affiliated news agency Amaq had claimed responsibility for the attack near Kabul's heavily fortified diplomatic quarter. That month, Afghan and U.S. forces launched a counteroffensive in the province. The 22,000-pound "mother of all bombs" (MOAB) detonated in the Nangarhar Province, on the eastern border with Pakistan, and killed almost 100 ISIS militants. Journalists have been prevented from reaching the blast site.

Despite the losses with the Taliban, ISIS-K has proven to be a worthy opponent for their jihadi rival, considered the strongest group in Afghanistan.

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The Pentagon wants more troops added to the fight against the Taliban and the White House wants majority to come from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Those numbers are a far cry from the USA presence of more than 100,000 six years ago, and the Afghan military has struggled to fill the void amid an unrelenting Taliban insurgency.

On April 29, the US Special Forces and Afghan Commandoes had claimed that Hasib was probably killed in their attack.

But Brennan says the Pentagon also wants increased authority for conventional troops to go after the Taliban, as well as greater use of US intelligence to go after the Taliban with the same ferocity as they use against ISIS.

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