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Head of Daesh in Afghanistan killed by US, Afghan forces

Afghan commandos arrive at Pandola village near the site of a U.S. bombing in the Achin district of Jalalabad east of Kabul Afghanistan. As the administration of President Donald Trump weighs sending more troop As Afghan stalemate grinds on, Trump mulls additional troops
Eleena Tovar | 19 May, 2017, 20:26

The leader of the ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan was killed in a April 26 military raid by USA and Afghan forces in the east of the country, us and Afghan officials confirmed Sunday.

At least 34 Daesh insurgents were killed and a radio station belonging to the group was destroyed during air force operations in eastern Nangarhar in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a statement on Monday. General John W. Nicholson, commander of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in Afghanistan, told reporters last month that USA and Afghan forces have been attacking Islamic State positions since early previous year and had reduced its size by two-thirds.

"This successful joint operation is another important step in our relentless campaign to defeat ISIS-K [Islamic State Khorasan, a local affiliate] in 2017", said John Nicholson, the commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

The local affiliate of ISIS, sometimes known as ISIS Khorasan (ISIS-K), after an old name for the region that includes Afghanistan, has been active since 2015, fighting Taliban and Afghan and USA forces.

USA and Afghan troops had been involved in an "intense" 3-hour firefight that also killed two American forces, said a joint statement released after the operation.

ISIS-K is believed to operate in most of the Khorasan countries, but the us military has identified the group's main stronghold as the opium-rich Nangarhar province.

The local ISIS affiliate is also known as the Islamic State Khorasan (IS-K), which reportedly is connected with ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria.

Fifty US Army rangers and 40 Afghan commandos were dropped by helicopter into Nangarhar Province, within a mile or so of the site where the United Statesdropped the MOAB, or "mother of all bombs", on April 13. Around 50 people were killed and many others injured in that attack. His death comes just 9 months after Hafiz Sayed Khan, the region's previous ISIS leader, was killed in a US airstrike in Nangarhar province. It has pledged allegiance to IS and is fighting the Taliban, as well as Afghan and U.S. troops. The casualty toll could not be independently confirmed as the area is off-limits to reporters.

The U.S. commander in Afghanistan wants 3,000 more troops and Pentagon officials told Congress this week that the war plan recommendations being sent to Trump are aimed at moving "beyond the stalemate" with the ISIS-affiliated Taliban insurgency.

Logari was responsible for ordering a March attack on a military hospital in Kabul, according to the office of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, which also confirmed the terror leader's death.