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    ISIS-K leaders seeking external support eliminated in northern Afghanistan

    Commandos spearhead 20th Division offensive in Kunduz

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Sean Carnes | 10th Special Operations Kandak Commandos supporting the 209th Corps’ 20th Division...... read more read more

    Recent Afghan Special Security Forces offensive operations enabled by U.S. airstrikes eliminated 15 ISIS-K fighters in Jowzjan and Sar-e Pul provinces, Afghanistan, Mar. 16, 2018.

    A U.S. airstrike killed ISIS-K Khitaba (platoon-sized) commanders Omair and Abu Samaya as they met in Sar-e Pul. Omair and Samaya replaced Khitab Aka, ISIS-K’s lead facilitator of foreign fighters, captured in Jowzjan, Jan. 28. Unable to take root in Afghanistan, ISIS-K relies on external support of fighters and equipment for survival in northern Afghanistan.

    Later that night, ASSF conducted a raid on the ISIS-K headquarters in Jowzjan, eliminating 13 terrorists. The ASSF conducted the raid in an area ISIS-K believed to be a safe haven for the reception of their foreign fighters and weapons.

    “The capability and capacity of the ASSF will ensure Afghanistan cannot again be used as a safe haven from which trans-regional terrorists can threaten the U.S. and international partners,” said Gen. John Nicholson, NATO Resolute Support commander.

    Over the last two months, ASSF and U.S. targeting of ISIS-K resulted in the removal of more than 140 ISIS-K fighters.



    Date Taken: 03.19.2018
    Date Posted: 03.19.2018 04:45
    Story ID: 269811
    Location: AF

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