Top ISIS Commander in Afghanistan Was Killed in Raid Where Rangers Died

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Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said at the time that Hasib was believed to have been killed.

Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson praised the successful joint operation as another important step in the relentless campaign to defeat IS in the country in 2017.

Afghanistan, said Logari was the second leader of IS in Afghanistan to be killed in the last nine months.

USA officials said the slain IS chief also directed fighters to behead local elders in front of their families and ordered the kidnapping of women and girls to forcibly marry them off to his fighters.

Two Rangers were killed during the three-hour firefight, possibly by friendly fire from Afghan troops.

"The death of Abdul Hasib does not make a difference for the Daesh group in Afghanistan", Kabul-based writer and analyst Ahmad Saeedi said, using the Arabic name for ISIS.

An Afghan air strike that destroyed an Islamic State radio station and killed at least 34 militants added to the terrorist group's setbacks after news that their leader in the country was killed two weeks ago.

The Pentagon will ask the White House next week to send thousands of more troops to Afghanistan to support the Afghan forces fighting Taliban.

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Hasib, who has led the group since his predecessor Hafiz Khan was killed by a USA drone strike previous year, is believed to have ordered the deadly attack on a Kabul military hospital in March. Two of the Rangers were killed and a third was wounded.

Little is known about Hasib, a former Afghan Taliban commander who switched his loyalty to the Islamic State and took over the Afghanistan affiliate when Khan was killed.

The U.S. military command in Afghanistan had said that an operation on April 27 had targeted Hasib.

Last month the United States dropped its largest non-nuclear device "Mother of All Bombs" on a network of caves and tunnels used by ISIS in Nangarhar, killing 94 fighters, including four commanders.

There is no independent confirmation of the claims.

However, even as militant numbers in the Nangarhar Province declined, fighters managed to execute a suicide bomb attack in Kabul that killed more than 80 people.

The majority of the ISIS-K members are disgruntled Taliban fighters from the group's offshoot in Afghanistan and Pakistan, with most belonging the Pakistani faction, the us military has said.

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