13 Jul '15, 1pm

Islamic State says emir for Khorasan province is alive

Hafiz Saeed Khan, the Islamic State’s emir for Khorasan province (left); Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost (right). A former detainee at Guantanamo Bay who was one of the first jihadists to defect to the Islamic State in the Afghan-Pakistan region has denied reports that the group’s emir for its Khorasan province was killed last week in a US airstrike. Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost, who was detained at Guantanamo for three years, “rejected the killing of Hafiz Saeed Khan,” the emir for Khorasan province, according to Pajhwok Afghan News . Dost denied Saeed’s death in a telephone interview with the Afghan news organization. Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) claimed that the United States killed Saeed in a July 10 airstrike in the Achin district in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar. The NDS also said that 30 Islamic State fighters were killed in the strike. [See LW...

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