The US Defense Department confirmed today that the operation targeting the ISIS’s leadership in Kunar which took place Tuesday resulted in the death of Abu Sayed, the so-called emir of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Sayed and other members of the Khorasan Group, or ISIS-K, were killed in a joint U.S.-Afghan-led counterterrorism raid in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, the Pentagon confirmed Friday.
Kunar and neighboring Nangarhar province have served as the Afghan group’s de facto headquarters since the Islamic State began its Afghan expansion in 2015.
Mr. Sayed death “will significantly disrupt the terror group’s plans to expand its presence in Afghanistan [and] … send a clear message to ISIS that there is no sanctuary for their fighters in Afghanistan,” Pentagon press secretary Dana White said in a statement.
It’s the second time the head of ISIS’s Afghan division has been taken out. Last year, in April, Hafiz Sayed Khan, who was head of the faction, was killed when American warplanes launched airstrikes in support of the U.S.-Afghan operation.
Mr. Khan and Mr. Sayed were known to have directly participated in attacks against U.S. and coalition forces as well as Afghan civilians in both Islamic State-controlled districts.
More on this tonight.