ISIS com­man­der killed in Afghanistan, US forces say

The Sunday Guardian - - WORLD - REUTERS

A se­nior com­man­der of the Is­lamic State mil­i­tant group was killed in Afghanistan in a raid, US Forces Afghanistan said on Satur­day.

Khetab Emir was killed in the raid on Jan 10 in the east­ern area of Nan­garhar prov­ince, said Lt. Ubon Mendie, a spokesman for the U.S. forces based in Afghanistan. Emir, who was known by mul­ti­ple names, fa­cil­i­tated high-pro­file at­tacks and sup­plied Is­lamic State fight­ers with weapons and ma­te­ri­als to make ex­plo­sives, Mendie said in a state­ment. “His re­moval helps pro­tect in­no­cent Afghans from fu­ture Is­lamic State vi­o­lence and weak­ens their pres­ence in Nan­garhar,” Mendie said. Is­lamic State fight­ers have de­vel­oped a strong­hold in the prov­ince on Afghanistan’s east­ern bor­der with Pak­istan and have be­come one of the coun­try’s most dan­ger­ous mil­i­tant groups. The hard­line terro group’s lo­cal af­fil­i­ate, known as Is­lamic State Kho­rasan Prov­ince (ISKP) after an old name for the re­gion that in­cludes Afghanistan, has been ac­tive since 2015, fight­ing the Tal­iban as well as Afghan and for­eign forces. The fight against Is­lamic State and other mil­i­tant groups in­clud­ing Al Qaeda and the Tal­iban is at the heart of the US led coun­tert­er­ror­ism mission be­ing con­ducted along­side the NATO-LED Res­o­lute Sup­port op­er­a­tion aimed at train­ing and ad­vis­ing Afghan se­cu­rity forces.

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