Jowz­jan, Afghanistan

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U.S. kills ISIS leader: A U.S. airstrike has killed the leader of the Pak­istani and Afghan branch of ISIS, the Pen­tagon said this week. Qari Hek­mat­ul­lah, an eth­nic Uzbek ex­pelled by the Tal­iban for his ex­treme bru­tal­ity, was a top com­man­der of the Is­lamic State in Kho­rasan. Lo­cal of­fi­cials in Jowz­jan prov­ince said Hek­mat­ul­lah was known for his hard-line rule: He banned TV, be­headed op­po­nents, and once pub­licly dis­played a bag stuffed with dis­mem­bered re­mains as a warn­ing. IS-K has been pum­meled in re­cent years by tar­geted U.S. strikes and at­tacks by Afghan gov­ern­ment ground troops sup­ported by U.S. spe­cial op­er­a­tions forces. It has lost many of its “emirs” and much of the ter­ri­tory it once com­manded. The Tal­iban has also been bat­tling the group in north­ern Afghanistan.

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