US military confirms death of ISIS Afghanistan leader Abdul Hasib

Afghan Special Forces inspect a cave used by suspected ISIS militants at the site where the US dropped a MOAB, or ”mother of all bombs’ on April 23, 2017. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US and Afghan troops killed the leader of the ISIS group’s Afghanistan affiliate in an April raid, US military officials confirmed on Sunday (May 8).

The raid in Nangarhar province targeted the leader, Abdul Hasib, US-Forces Afghanistan said.

His group is affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and the US military calls it Islamic State-Khorasan, or ISIS-K.

US-Forces Afghanistan said earlier that if confirmed, the death of the Hasib and his associates would “significantly degrade ISIS-K operations in Afghanistan and help reach our goal of destroying them in 2017”.

The compound was located near the tunnel complex where the US military on April 13 unleashed the “Mother Of All Bombs” – a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast device that the Pentagon said was the biggest non-nuclear weapon it had ever used in combat.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.