US forces killed head of ISIS in a strike

Pro-government forces fighters celebrate in the al-Sejar village, in Iraq's Anbar province, on May 27, 2016, as they take part in a major assault to retake the city of Fallujah, from the Islamic State (IS) group. Hundreds of people fled the Fallujah area with the help of Iraqi forces who are fighting to retake the city from the Islamic State jihadist group, officials said. Iraqi forces launched an operation to recapture Fallujah, an IS stronghold located just 50 kilometres (30 miles) west of Baghdad, at the start of this week. / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Vastavam web: The US forces have killed the head of Islamic State’s Afghanistan branch in a strike on the terror group’s headquarters in Kunar Province, the Pentagon has said.The killing of Abu Sayed, the emir of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Khorasan Province (ISIS-K), marked the third time within a year that the terror group’s Afghanistan branch has lost its leader.The raid also killed other ISIS-K members and will significantly disrupt the terror group’s plans to expand its presence in Afghanistan, she said.

ISIS leaders chose Abu Sayed to lead the group after Afghan and US forces killed the previous ISIS-K leaders Hafiz Sayed Khan in late July 2016, and Abdul Hasib, in late April of this year.”Afghan and US forces launched a counter-ISIS-K offensive in early March, 2017, to drive fighters from Nangarhar and send a clear message to ISIS that there is no sanctuary for their fighters in Afghanistan,” White said.The US has been hitting ISIS targets in the war-torn country regularly and in April it dropped the largest non- nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat.