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    General Nicholson statement on Killing ISIS-K leader

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    U.S. forces killed Abu Sayed, the emir of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria - Khorasan Province (ISIS-K), in a strike on the group's headquarters in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, July 11.

    The strike also killed other ISIS-K members and will significantly disrupt the terror group's plans to expand its presence in Afghanistan.

    General John Nicholson gave a statement to the media at RSHQ in Kabul, on this most recent success in the campaign to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan in 2017.

    Transcript of quotes by General Nicholson:

    "On the 11th of July we killed Abu Sayed, the ISIS-K Emir, in a strike in Kunar. This is the third Emir of ISIS-K that we have killed in operations with our Afghan partners in the past year. As you are aware we have had continuous operations against the Islamic state in Afghanistan throughout the past year, but especially since March and in this time we have seen a great reduction in their fighters. We have killed 3 of their Emirs, we have killed dozens of their senior leaders, and we will not stop until ISIS-K is defeated inside Afghanistan."

    "These barbaric terrorists are an anathema to the people of Afghanistan. The barbarism and cruelty that they show to the people of Afghanistan must be stopped and we will work closely with our Afghan partners to eliminate this scourge from Afghanistan. There is no sanctuary for ISIS inside Afghanistan and we will not stop until they are eliminated from this country."

    "We have done strikes against ISIS across the country. Primarily in southern Nangarhar in Aching district, but also in Kunar and even in … so where ISIS-K emerges, as they try to escape from our reach, we find them and we kill them. And we will keep this up until they are eliminated."

    "Many of these fighters are from outside of the country. They are not Afghans; they are foreign fighters coming here to bring hardship unto the Afghan people. And we continue to work close with the Afghan government to eliminate them."

    "When the 4th ISIS-K Emir is named, we will kill him too. And so we will keep killing the leaders of ISIS until they are gone. This is very significant."



    Date Taken: 07.15.2017
    Date Posted: 07.15.2017 12:41
    Category: Interviews
    Video ID: 538241
    VIRIN: 170715-D-UN403-630
    Filename: DOD_104594393
    Length: 00:01:50
    Location: AF

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