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US airstrike kills top Islamic State commander in Afghanistan | Military Times
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US airstrike kills top Islamic State commander in Afghanistan | Military Times

U.S. airstrike killed the senior Islamic State commander in Afghanistan Thursday, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan announced Monday morning.

The airstrike killed Qari Hikmatullah and his bodyguard in Bal Chiragh district, Faryab province, Afghanistan, according to a press statement. Faryab is located in the north of the country, bordering Turkmenistan.

“[Afghan Special Security Forces] and U.S. counter-terrorism forces killed Hikmatullah and they will kill any successors,” said Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan. “IS-K will be eliminated.”

At the time of his death, Hikmatullah was the senior commander and main facilitator of fighters into Jowzjan, another northern Afghan province, for IS-Khorasan — the Islamic State’s offshoot in Afghanistan.

“IS-K in Jowzjan province is the main conduit for external support and foreign fighters from Central Asian states into Afghanistan,” according to the press release. “Hikmatullah was the key leader for those operations.”

Source: US airstrike kills top Islamic State commander in Afghanistan | Military Times