ISIS Now Needs Its 4th Leader in a Year

US-Afghan troops take out Abu Saad Erhabi in Afghanistan
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2018 9:09 AM CDT
In this 2015 file photo, an Afghanistan National Army soldier stands guard in his vehicle in Camp Khogyani in Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini, File)

(Newser) – One could be forgiven for not knowing who's running ISIS in Afghanistan these days: American and Afghan forces killed the terror group's leader on Saturday night, and he's the third man in the position killed since last July, reports the Wall Street Journal. Afghan officials characterize Abu Saad Erhabi as the group's "emir," and say he was among 11 killed in a joint raid in eastern Nangarhar province; an American spokesman confirms a hit on "a senior leader of a designated terrorist organization." ISIS had no comment, but the Journal notes that the group is struggling to maintain its position in Nangarhar as it fights not only coalition forces, but also the Taliban. (Read more ISIS stories.)

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