Pentagon Confirms Suspected Fate of ISIS Afghan Head

Abdul Haseeb Logari was killed in raid last month
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 8, 2017 3:40 AM CDT
Pentagon: Raid Killed Afghan ISIS Leader
An Afghan commando on patrol near the scene of last month's raid.   (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

A military raid last month killed the head of the ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Sunday night. The death of Abdul Haseeb Logari had been suspected after the April 27 raid on a compound in Nangarhar, a province in eastern Afghanistan, but officials said then that they weren't certain, the AP reports. Logari was among several high-ranking leaders of the Islamic State in Afghanistan who died in the raid carried out by Afghan Special Security Forces in partnership with US forces, the Pentagon said in a statement. Logari directed the March 8 attack against Kabul National Military Hospital, which killed or wounded more than 100 people, the Pentagon said.

Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of US forces in Afghanistan, said Logari was the second leader of ISIS in Afghanistan to be killed in the last nine months. Nicholson said the militants had "waged a barbaric campaign of death, torture, and violence against the Afghan people, especially those in southern Nangarhar." "This fight strengthens our resolve to rid Afghanistan of these terrorists and bring peace and stability to this great country," he added. "Any ISIS member that comes to Afghanistan will meet the same fate." Two US Army Rangers died in the April 27 raid. US officials say they may have been killed as the result of friendly fire in the opening minutes of the three-hour battle. (Read more Afghanistan stories.)

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