Afghan envoy says regional Islamic State leader killed by U.S. drone
By Jibran Ahmad and Josh Smith PESHAWAR, Pakistan/KABUL (Reuters) – The leader of Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan said on Friday, though the American military said it could not confirm that. If true, the death of Hafiz Saeed Khan would strike a blow to efforts by Middle East-based Islamic State – also known as ISIS and Daesh – to expand its control over territory and its jihadist brand into Afghanistan and Pakistan. It would also mark the second U.S. killing of a prominent militant in the region within months.
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