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US Kills Islamic State Leader in Afghanistan

This undated frame grab from video posted online May 19 shows ISIS fighters receiving military training in the eastern Syrian province of Deir el-Zour. (Militant photo via AP)
This undated frame grab from video posted online May 19 shows ISIS fighters receiving military training in the eastern Syrian province of Deir el-Zour. (Militant photo via AP)

The Pentagon said that U.S. forces killed the head of the Islamic State group affiliate in Afghanistan in an airstrike in Kunar province earlier this week.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that killing Abu Sayed is significant because the loss of leadership sets insurgent groups back for days or weeks.

IS in Afghanistan is known as the Islamic State-Khorasan group. The U.S. and Afghan forces launched an offensive against the IS group in early March, as the militants were gaining a foothold in eastern Afghanistan.

Mattis told Pentagon reporters that taking out a leader creates disarray in the ranks. He declined to provide any additional details on the strike.

A chief Pentagon spokesperson, Dana White, said that Abu Sayed was killed on Tuesday along with other members of the group.

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