AVA- The announcement comes a week after American and Afghan forces targeted the commander in the eastern province of Nangarhar.
In a statement issued Sunday, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan Army General Scott Miller said the killing is evidence of America’s commitment to maintaining security in Afghanistan, CNN reported.
“This is only part of the coalition's work towards an Afghan security solution, but it is a vital part,” Miller explained. “America and her allies are in Afghanistan to maintain pressure on the networked, trans-regional terrorists attempting to plot, resource and direct attacks from here.”
Orakzai's death in the August 25 airstrike makes him the fourth consecutive ISIS-KP leader to have been killed by U.S. and Afghan forces since the group emerged in Afghanistan in late 2014. In July 2017, leader Abu Sayed was killed, having succeeded Abdul Hasib, who was killed in May of the same year. The group’s first leader, Hafiz Sayed Khan, was killed in a drone attack in July 2016.
Nangarhar’s provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani declared Orakzai’s death soon after the strike, claiming 10 other militants were killed alongside the commander. The Pentagon did not confirm the reports until Sunday.
Monday 3 September 2018 17:17