A Prominent ISIS leader, Hafiz Saeed Khan was killed in Afghanistan by a U.S. Drone strike on July 26th 2016. Khan’s death was reported by Pentagon Spokesman Gordon Trowbridge, and Afghan Ambassador Omar Zakhilwal on Friday. Khan led the Pakistan and Afghanistan branches of the Islamic Terrorist organization as reported by Reuters.
ISIS expanded its efforts in Afghanistan in December 2015, but only holds small areas of territory there. The death of Hafiz Khan was reported before, but never confirmed until today. Since bombing campaigns by Vladimir Putin and US lead coalition forces began getting tougher this year. ISIS has been losing ground in the region.
The Islamic State expanded from Syria to Iraq after President Barack Obama pulled all U.S. forces out of Iraq without any contingency forces — allowing ISIS to grow and take control of many cities in Iraq that had just started thriving after the Iraq war ended in December 2011. Now Iraq is just as dangerous as it was in the ’90s according to residence and visitors from Kurdistan to Baghdad.
The drone strike took place in Nangarhar province in a joint effort by Afghan Special Forces and the U.S. This year alone, the U.S. conducted 140 Air Strikes and Russia conducted 444 air strikes. Since the war against Daesh began the Terrorist group lost approximately 11,000 members — almost half of its total forces, and has had difficulty holding on to any territory it resides in.