U.S. forces kill leader of Is­lamic State group in Afghanistan

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Page Two - By Lolita C. Bal­dor

WASH­ING­TON — The Pen­tagon says that U.S. forces killed the head of the Is­lamic State group af­fil­i­ate in Afghanistan in an airstrike in Ku­nar prov­ince ear­lier this week.

De­fense Sec­re­tary Jim Mat­tis says that killing Abu Sayed is sig­nif­i­cant be­cause the loss of lead­er­ship sets in­sur­gent groups back for days or weeks.

IS in Afghanistan is known as the Is­lamic State-Kho­rasan group. The U.S. and Afghan forces launched an of­fen­sive against the IS group in early March, as the mil­i­tants were gain­ing a foothold in eastern Afghanistan.

Mat­tis tells Pen­tagon re­porters that tak­ing out a leader cre­ates dis­ar­ray in the ranks. He de­clines to pro­vide any ad­di­tional de­tails on the strike.

A chief Pen­tagon spokesper­son, Dana White, says that Abu Sayed was killed on Tues­day along with other mem­bers of the group.

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