Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Senior Islamic State Commander Killed in Afghanistan US Air Strike

A US soldier patrols near the site of a US bombing during an operation against militants in the Achin district of Nangarhar province US-led airstrike kills 16 civilians in eastern Afghanistan
Christy Curtis | 14 August, 2017, 01:03

Nicholson said that three other senior Daish members had been killed in the strike in Darah-Ye Pech district in the northeastern province of Kunar. "He found out just like those before him that there are no safe havens in Afghanistan".

At least 16 civilians have been killed in a USA airstrike as they tried to flee an area in eastern Afghanistan controlled by Islamic State group militants, Afghan officials said on Friday.

Dawlat Waziri, a spokesman for Afghanistan's Ministry of Defense, said Thursday's strike was carried out by foreign forces in coordination with Afghan officials.

Earlier this year, Nicholson vowed to defeat the IS group in Afghanistan.

Last month a USA air strike killed 16 policemen in Helmand province. "It was not a valley or a mountainous area".

On July 24, Afghan officials said, nine civilians were killed in a US airstrike on a prayer ceremony held in Haska Meena, near the border with Pakistan, by relatives of ISIS members who had been killed. Abdul Hasib, his predecessor, was targeted in a U.S.

IS in Afghanistan has primarily been active in several districts of eastern Nangarhar province.

No one knows who fired the mortars, villagers said.

Despite some battlefield successes by Afghan and American special operations troops, ISIL has continued deadly attacks around Afghanistan, fuelling fears that the group is seeking to bring the group's Middle East conflict to Central Asia.

Amongst the dead was the father of Fatima Qaderyan, captain of the Afghan all-girls robotics team that made headlines last month after managing to get U.S visas to participate in the International Robot Olympics for High School Students in Washington D.C.

Some information in this report came from Reuters.

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