Government Claims Head of Islamic State Being Killed

Abu Saad Erhabi, the head of the Islamic State was killed during a strike. According to government authorities, during the joint strikes on one of the group’s hideouts in Nangarhar province on 25th August,
the leader got killed. Along with the leader, ten other members belonging to the militant group were also killed. The National Directorate of Security in Kabul issued a statement that during joint air and ground
operations undertaken by the foreign and Afghan forces, leaders and others were crushed.
During the raids carried on two hideouts of the Islamic State, a mammoth amount of ammunition and light weapons were destroyed. However, the news agency of the jihadist group didn’t release any
news on the matter.
A spokesperson from the US forces stated that the United States carried out a strike in Afghanistan.
The local governor of Nangarhar stated that since 2017, Erhabi is the fourth Islamic leader to be killed in Afghanistan. The terrorist group has spread its stronghold in Nangarhar, the penetrable eastern border
which Afghanistan shares with Pakistan. Moreover, it is one of the most dangerous militant groups in Afghanistan.
The local partner of Islamic State also touted as Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) became active since the year 2015. From that time it has been fighting the Taliban forces as well as the U.S. forces and Afghan
forces.
A former ISIS-K leader, Abu Sayed, got killed during a strike in the eastern province of Nangarhar. Even predecessors of Sayed were also killed during the joint operations conducted by the U.S. and Afghan
forces.
The precise number of Islamic State fighters present in Afghanistan can be hard to calculate as they generally switch devotion; however, the U.S. military forces are guessing that it could be around 2,000.
Over 150 Islamic State fighters submitted to Afghan security forces in the northwestern province of Jawzjan, where it was fighting to gain control of smuggling routes into neighboring Turkmenistan.

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