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Drone strike kills Islamic State leader for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Hafiz Saeed Khan, leader of Islamic State in Afghanistan and Pakistan, died July 26 when a U.S. drone blasted him and some associates in Afghanistan’s Nangharhar province, which lies east of Afghanistan’s capital city, Kabul.

From Al-Jazeera (“Afghan-Pakistan ISIL’s Hafiz Saeed Khan killed“):

Al Jazeera’s Jennifer Glasse, reporting from Kabul on Saturday, said the drone strike was part of a wider operation against ISIL in Nangarhar that has killed nearly 300 fighters, including some of the group’s leadership.

“The commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General John W Nicholson estimates that about 25 percent of the ISIL fighters in Afghanistan have been killed in the drone strikes.

“He said the killing of Hafiz Saeed Khan will disrupt ISIL recruitment as well as operations.”

The air strike occurred during a month-long joint US-Afghan military operation in July against ISIL in Nangarhar.

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The air strike was carried out with Hafiz Saeed Khan as the target, according to the Pentagon.

“Hafiz Saeed Khan was known to directly participate in attacks against US and coalition forces, and the actions of his network terrorised Afghans, especially in Nangarhar,” said Gordon Trowbridge, Pentagon spokesperson.

Hafiz Saeed Khan, a former member of the Pakistani branch of the Taliban [known as Tehreek-e-Taliban] who swore allegiance to ISIL, had been reported killed last year, but his death was never confirmed.

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