The United States military has deployed Special Forces and airstrikes against Islamic State group militants in Afghanistan and said it has killed dozens of the group's leaders and hundreds of fighters this year.
Though U.S. and Afghan forces have scored several battlefield successes against the group, ISIS-K has continued to carry out bloody attacks around Afghanistan, including in the country's capital of Kabul, where the militants have attacked a large military hospital and the Iraqi embassy. American and Afghan military forces have promised to eliminate IS in Afghanistan in 2017.
'The death of Abdul Rahman deals yet another blow to the senior leadership of ISIS-K, ' said General John Nicholson, the senior U.S. commander in Afghanistan.
Last month a U.S. air strike killed 16 policemen in Helmand province.
Friends and family pray during a funeral procession for victims of a USA airstrike in the Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, Aug. 8, 2017.
Based in southern parts of eastern Nangarhar province, IS's Khorasan Province branch (ISIS-K) emerged in early 2015 in the mountainous areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan to cover Afghanistan, Pakistan and "other nearby territories". The previous attack targeted a prayer ceremony, and the US similarly claimed that the praying civilians were "ISIS members".
IS in Afghanistan has primarily been active in several districts of eastern Nangarhar province.
No one knows who fired the mortars, the villagers said.
Some information in this report came from Reuters.
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