U.S. Forces in Afghanistan Strike Islamic State Leader; Maintain Pressure on Terror Network
2 Sep 2018
Abu Saad Orakzai is the third Islamic State –
Khorasan chief killed in 25 months
BAGRAM, Afghanistan, Sept. 2, 2018 – U. S. forces in Afghanistan conducted a strike against the leader of the Islamic State – Khorasan group, known as Abu Saad Orakzai, in the eastern area of the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, Aug. 25. The strike resulted in his death.
"America and her allies are in Afghanistan to maintain pressure on the networked, trans-regional terrorists attempting to plot, resource and direct attacks from here,” said U.S. Army General Scott Miller, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. "This is only part of the coalition’s work towards an Afghan security solution, but it is a vital part.”
The death of Abu Saad Orakzai marks the third time U.S. forces have successfully targeted a self-proclaimed emir of Islamic State – Khorasan group since July 2016.
U.S. forces are operating in Afghanistan to protect America as well as to support the broader global coalition of 41 nations denying safe haven for terrorists, and training, advising and assisting local Afghan counter-terrorism security forces.