Army Rangers Kill Afghan ISIS Head, 35 Fighters

A daring U.S. Army raid has killed Afghanistan's top ISIS leader, Sheikh Abdul Hasib.

The Interior Ministry stated that the airstrikes killed 34 ISIS fighters over the past 24 hours and destroyed an insurgent-controlled radio station in Nangarhar province.

Defeating the group remains one of the top United States priorities in Afghanistan and last month, the U.S. dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on the extremist group's hideouts in eastern Afghanistan, triggering global shock waves.

The leader of the militant group ISIS Khorasan Province, Abdul Hasib, is credited with a March assault on the main Afghan Army hospital in Kabul that killed at about 100 people.

The recommendation was created after a review of the 15-year war - America's longest - conducted by the Department of Defense, the Department of State, U.S. intelligence agencies and other government agencies. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spokesman Captain Bill Salvin later elaborated on the raid said: "There were women and children in the compound" where Hasib was killed.

He died 10 days ago in an joint special forces operation in eastern Nangarhar province, the U.S. military said. He also said foreign fighters, particularly from Uzbekistan and Pakistan, had joined IS-K to fight in Afghanistan.

U.S officials said Logari, who was believed to have been the leader of Daesh in Afghanistan, was among several Daesh leaders who died in an April 27 raid.

He said. Afghan and U.S. Forces launched a counter ISIS-K offensive in early March 2017 to drive ISIS- K from Nangarhar and send a clear message to ISIS that there is no sanctuary for their fighters in Afghanistan. For more than two years, ISIS-K has waged a barbaric campaign of death, torture and violence against the Afghan people, especially those in southern Nangarhar.

That month, Afghan and USA forces launched a counteroffensive in the province.

It also underscores the widening military attention on Nangahar, where the US military on April 13 dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on a complex of caves and tunnels used by the Islamic State, reportedly killing 36 militants.

Hasib had also "ordered fighters to behead local elders in front of their families and kidnap women and girls to force them to marry ISIS fighters", Reuters reports.

ISIS-K is believed to operate in most of the Khorasan countries, but the US military has identified the group's main stronghold as the opium-rich Nangarhar province.

Earlier, Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of USA forces in Afghanistan, said Logari was the second leader of IS in Afghanistan to be killed in the last nine months.

The four-star general declared that "any ISIS member that comes to Afghanistan will meet the same fate".

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