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Senior IS commanders killed in Afghanistan air strike: US military

Sunday 13-08-2017 - 10:23 AM
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Senior U.S. commander in Afghanistan General John Nicholson
Kabul - Several senior members of the so-called Islamic State's central Asian affiliate were killed in a U.S. air strike in Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday.

The attack on Thursday killed Abdul Rahman, identified by the U.S. military as the Kunar provincial emir for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan, according to a statement from the command in Kabul.

"The death of Abdul Rahman deals yet another blow to the senior leadership of ISIS-K," said General John Nicholson, the senior U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

Three other senior ISIS-K members were also among those killed in the strike in eastern Kunar province.

Nicholson has vowed to defeat Islamic State militants in Afghanistan this year.

The group's emir, Abu Sayed, was reported killed in a strike on his headquarters in Kunar in July, the third Islamic State emir in Afghanistan to be killed since July 2016.

In April, Nicholson deployed a 21,600-pound (9,797 kg) "Massive Ordnance Air Blast" bomb against The so-called Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS, Daesh in Arabic) positions in neighbouring Nangarhar province, one of the largest conventional weapons ever used by the United States in combat.

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