U.S. drone kills Islamic State leader for Afghanistan, Pakistan: officials

by Jibran Ahmad and Yeganeh Torbati | Reuters  |  published on August 13, 2016

The leader of Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan and Pakistan was killed in a U.S. drone strike on July 26, a Pentagon spokesman said on Friday after the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan announced the news to Reuters.

The death of Hafiz Saeed Khan is a blow to efforts by Islamic State – also known as ISIS or Daesh – to expand from its heartlands in Syria and Iraq into Afghanistan and Pakistan, already crowded with jihadist movements including the Taliban and al Qaeda.

It is the second U.S. killing of a prominent militant in the region in months. In May, a U.S. drone killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a strike in Pakistan.

Despite that, Afghanistan’s 15-year-old war grinds on with no clear victory in sight. Taliban fighters have been threatening at least two provincial capitals this summer, in Helmand and Kunduz, and a U.S. government report said Afghan forces have lost 5 percent of territory this year.

In terms of its own territory, Islamic State has been largely confined to a handful of districts in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, which borders Pakistan, where IS militants – mostly defectors from the Taliban – are blamed for raiding villages and government outposts.

  • TeaPartyPatriot

    I understand that the US government is looking for drone pilots. Now that is a job I would come out of retirement for if the ROE allowed me to target muzzies.

    • Rodney Steward

      I think they’re wanting these pilots to use on American when the SHTF, remember Obama never would sign off on using drones on American citizens! And we know Hellary will use them, her ba$$s are much bigger than Obama’s!

    • Anitatstokes3

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  • Rodney Steward

    No matter how many we take out, there’s always somebody ready to take their place, like the ones released by Obama from Gitmo! And we thank U Obama, and we give U the one finger salute, U POS!!

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