09 Apr '18, 2pm

Senior ISIS leader reported killed in northern Afghanistan:

KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. military said Monday that it has killed the senior leader of an Islamic State enclave in northern Afghanistan, highlighting an evolving fight that expanded more than a year ago after the militant left the Taliban in a dispute. Qari Hikmatullah and his bodyguard were killed in the Bal Chiragh district of Faryab province on Thursday, according to a statement released by the U.S. military headquarters in Kabul. News of the strike began circulating in Afghan media and among local officials on Saturday, with some Afghan officials pinpointing its location a short distance over a provincial border in the Darzab district of Jowzjan province, about 275 miles northwest of Kabul. Qari Hekmat, as Afghan officials commonly call him, was born in Uzbekistan, called Jowzjan home and spent years as a Taliban commander there. The death draws attention to a remo...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/senior-isis-lead...

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