- The leader of ISIS in Afghanistan was killed in a U.S. airstrike
- Abu Sayed, the emir of ISIS-Khorasan, was killed at the group’s headquarters
- Sayed was the third ISIS leader killed in Afghanistan since July 2016
The head of the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS, in Afghanistan has been killed in a United States airstrike, according to United States Department of Defense.
In a statement, Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said Abu Sayed, the “emir” of ISIS-Khorasan ( ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan) was killed at the group’s headquarters in Kunar province early this week. Other members of the group were killed as well, she said; adding their deaths “would significantly disrupt ISIS’ plan to expand its presence in Afghanistan.”
Meanwhile, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said during a news briefing that the death of Sayed sets back the group.
“The significance is you kill a leader of one of these groups and it sets them back … it is obviously a victory on our side in terms of setting them back, it is the right direction,” the defense secretary said.
According to NY Post, Sayed is the third ISIS leader killed in Afghanistan since July 2016.