US kills third emir of Islamic State’s Khorasan province using MOAB

It’s nice to no longer be encumbered with a Muslim in the White House would not allow his generals to develop the tactics for executing the war and the enemy at the same time.

 

When Generals disagreed with the know nothing Obama they were typically fired. (Source)

Trump has surrounded himself with Generals and flag officers who know how to get the job done, thus the military is seeing great success in killing the leadership of the enemy, may they be Taliban, ISIS, and other aligned groups.

US Forces-Afghanistan announced today that the emir of the Islamic State’s Wilayah Khorasan (or Khorasan province, also known as ISIS-Khorasan) was killed “in a strike on the group’s headquarters in Kunar Province on July 11.”

Abu Sayed is the third Emir of Wilayah Khorasan, which operates in Afghanistan and Pakistan, to be killed in less one year.

But he is the first hunted down in Kunar, as the US eliminated both of his predecessors in the nearby Nangarhar province.

“This operation is another success in our campaign to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan in 2017,” General John Nicholson, the commander of US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A), said in a statement.

“Abu Sayed is the third ISIS-K emir we have killed in the last year and we will continue until they are annihilated,” Nicholson continued.

“There is no safe haven for ISIS-K in Afghanistan.”

 

The group’s first emir, Hafiz Saeed Khan, died in a US airstrike in the Achin district of Nangarhar on July 26, 2016.

Khan, a former commander in the Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-e Taliban, or TTP), announced his allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in late 2014.

Wilayah Khorasan was established after Khan “went through the application process” set up by the so-called caliphate for forming new branches, Nicholson previously explained.

Nicholson added that the Islamic State mother organization in Iraq and Syria has provided its Khorasan arm with “advice,” “publicity,” and “some financial support.”

Khan’s successor, Abdul Hasib, was killed during a raid in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on Apr. 27.

Abdul Hasib “directed” the Mar. 8 assault on the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital in Kabul, according to USFOR-A.

 

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In order to sow confusion, the jihadists dressed as hospital employees during that attack, which resulted in more than 100 Afghans being killed or wounded.

Hasib “also directed fighters to behead local elders in front of their families and ordered the kidnapping of women and girls to force them to marry” Wilayah Khorasan fighters.

The operation that led to Abdul Hasib’s death involved about 50 US Army Rangers and 40 Afghan commandos, according to the Department of Defense.

The joint American-Afghan team was “inserted by helicopter into the Mohmand Valley about 10:30 p.m. local time” on Apr. 26 and immediately engaged in an “intense, three-hour firefight.”

Two Americans died during the operation and the Pentagon is investigating the possibility that they “were struck by friendly fire.”

In addition to Abdul Hasib, several other “senior” Wilayah Khorasan leaders and “about 35 ISIS operatives” are thought to have died during the fighting.

The battle took place near the location where the US dropped a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB, or “Mother of All Bombs”) on a Wilayah Khorasan tunnel complex earlier in April.

Afghan officials initially said that the explosion caused 36 Islamic State casualties, but subsequently increased their estimate to 94 killed, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

Another American also perished in a separate operation carried out against Wilayah Khorasan in Nangarhar in April.

Little is publicly known about Abu Sayed.

But the US quickly identified him as a key figure in Wilayah Khorasan and tracked him down less than three months after his predecessor, Abdul Hasib, was killed.

The US has targeted not only Wilayah Khorasan’s emirsbut also other key personnel in the group.

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‘Blood will be spilled’ if Anus Haqqani is executed, Taliban threatens

crew-2231211Let’s just simplify this for everyone and call Anas what he really is, an “Anus.”

 

In fact, to further simplify things let’s call both of them “Anus,” and cut to the chase.

Seriously, when they aren’t killing people this is their favorite past time.

 

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Anas Haqqani and Qari Abdul Rashid Omari (a.k.a. Hafiz Rashid). NDS photos via Khaama Press.

The Taliban threatened to attack “judicial installations” if the Afghan government follows through on executing Anas Haqqani, the brother of the group’s deputy emir who is also the operational leader of the Haqqani Network.

“Anus” was detained in 2014 along with Qari Abdul Rasheed Omari, the Haqqani Network’s military commander for southeastern Afghanistan, after visiting the five Taliban leaders in Qatar who were exchanged for Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier who deserted his unit in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban.

“Last time after the execution of the political prisoners many judicial installations were attacked giving severe blow to the government,” the Taliban said in a statement released on its official website, Voice of Jihad, on Sept. 2.

An Afghan court purportedly sentenced Anus to death in late August, Zee News reported at the end of the month.

Anas is the son of Jalaluddin Haqqani, the founder of the Haqqani Network who serves as a member of the Quetta Shura, the Taliban’s executive council.

Anas’ brother, Sirajuddin, is the operational commander of the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani Network who was named as one of the two deputies to Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, the emir of the Taliban, in May 2016. Sirajuddin wields significant influence within the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban, and is also linked to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate.

 

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US military admits al Qaeda is stronger in Afghanistan than previously estimated

It’s even more exciting to know that the U.S. taxpayer and NATO fund the rag heads there as well as those from ISIS.(Source)
The U.S. Funds NATO. (Source)

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A banner from an As Sahab propaganda tape, titled “Winds of Paradise – Part 5, Eulogizing 5 ‘Martyrs,’” that details five al Qaeda fighters killed in Afghanistan.

A senior US general in Afghanistan recently admitted the US military and intelligence services’ long-held belief that al Qaeda has only 50 to 100 operatives based in the country is incorrect, stating that number must be revised upward.

Since 2010, US officials have claimed that al Qaeda has been “decimated” in Afghanistan and has maintained a consistent minimal presence of 50 to 100 operatives.

For more than six years, The Long War Journal has warned that official estimate of al Qaeda’s presence in Afghanistan is erroneous, and the jihadist group remains a significant threat to this day.

The US military began walking back its low estimate of al Qaeda’s presence in Afghanistan at the start of April. Last week, Brigadier General Charles Cleveland, the top spokesman for Resolute Support, the NATO mission in Afghanistan, told The Washington Post that al Qaeda has forged close ties to the Taliban and is resurgent in the country.

Major General Jeff Buchanan, Resolute Support’s Deputy Chief of Staff, directly discussed al Qaeda’s footprint in the country publicly today, and warned that previous US estimates on al Qaeda’s strength were wrong.

“If you go back to last year, there were a lot of intel estimates that said within Afghanistan al Qaeda probably has 50 to 100 members, but in this one camp we found more than 150,” Buchanan told CNN.

The camp that Buchanan was referring to was located in the Shorabak district in Kandahar.

In October 2015, a large US military strike force took four days to clear two al Qaeda camps in Shorabak.

One camp covered over 30 square miles, and included large caches of weapons, ammunition, and other supplies. An al Qaeda media cell was also based there. [See LWJ reports, US military strikes large al Qaeda training camps in southern Afghanistan, and Al Qaeda’s Kandahar training camp ‘probably the largest’ in Afghan War.]

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US airstrike kills one of Osama bin Laden’s most trusted commanders in Afghanistan

crew-22312The Long War Journal

The US killed Abu Khalil al Sudani, a senior al Qaeda leader who took direction from Ayman al Zawahiri, in an airstrike on July 11 in eastern Afghanistan.

 

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The strike took place in the Bermal district of the Paktia province, where the US operated a base before withdrawing the bulk of its forces from Afghanistan over the past three years.

Sudani’s death and the deaths of two unnamed “violent extremists” were disclosed to reporters by US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter as he traveled in Iraq.

4002726-1x1-340x340Sudani was described by Carter as a member of al Qaeda’s shura majlis, or executive decision-making council, as well as the chief of al Qaeda’s suicide bombing and explosives operations, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

“Sudani also directed operations against coalition, Afghan and Pakistani forces, and maintained a close association with Ayman al Zawahiri, the leader of al Qaeda,” according to the AP.

Sudani had a hand in al Qaeda’s external operations network, which plots attacks against the US and the West, a military official said.

Sudani was a veteran al Qaeda leader who waged jihad in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union alongside Osama bin Laden.

Osama bin Laden’s files repeatedly mention Sudani

Sudani’s al Qaeda role is discussed in several of the declassified files recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The letters, which were released as part of a Brooklyn terror trial earlier this year, show that Sudani was one of bin Laden’s most trusted men.

An August 7, 2010 letter from bin Laden to Atiyah Abd al Rahman, who served as al Qaeda’s general manager at the time, discusses Sudani’s place in al Qaeda’s pecking order.

Bin Laden wanted Sudani to serve as Rahman’s deputy, but left the door open for another arrangement if Sudani couldn’t accept the job.

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