Top ISIS leader in Afghanistan killed in raid, U.S. says

A U.S. raid has killed the head of the Islamic State branch in Afghanistan, according to the military.

Abu Sayed, head of ISIS’s so-called Khorasan Province in the war-torn country, was killed on Tuesday at his group’s headquarters east of Kabul, the Department of Defense said in a statement.

U.S. officials said that Sayed became the group’s leader after the previous chief, Abdul Hasib, was killed by American forces in April.

Jihadist groups have long had a foothold in Afghanistan, battling both the government and NATO forces sent there after 9/11.

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Islamic State’s surge in 2014 and 2015 saw extremists in the region shift their allegiance to the group and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Russian claims that they had killed the Iraq-born leader in Syria were supported this week by the independent Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

ISIS has also recently been kicked out of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city and the terrorists’ one-time stronghold, and is now faces attacks on its Syrian capital, Raqqa.


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