KABUL, May 8 – The head of Daesh in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, was killed in an operation on April 27 conducted jointly by Afghan and U.S. Special Forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar, U.S. and Afghan officials said on Sunday. Hasib, appointed last year after his predecessor Hafiz Saeed Khan died in a U.S.
By Kay Johnson and Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Aug 15 – The U.S. drone strike that killed Daesh’s commander for Afghanistan and Pakistan was the latest blow to the Middle East-led movement’s ambitions to expand into a region where the long-established Taliban remain the dominant Islamist force. Daesh has enticed hundreds, perhaps thousands, of jihadist fighters in
By Josh Smith KABUL, Aug 7 – Militants linked to Daesh have released photos that purport to show weapons and equipment that belonged to American soldiers and were captured by the group in eastern Afghanistan. The photos, which came to light on Saturday, show an American portable rocket launcher, radio, grenades and other gear not
By Sultan Ahmad JALALABAD, Afghanistan, July 30 – When Afghan troops pushed into Kot, a district close to the border with Pakistan, this week, they found many of the houses empty, with posters plastered on the walls and black flags left by departing Daesh fighters. Backed by U.S. special forces troops and airstrikes that authorities
By Hamid Shalizi and James Mackenzie KABUL, July 26 (Reuters) – Daesh is threatening more attacks against Afghanistan’s Hazara minority after Saturday’s suicide blasts in Kabul that killed 80 people, pledging to retaliate against support by some in the mainly Shi’ite group for the Assad regime in Syria. But assessing the threat from Daesh, in Afghanistan,