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Afghan Troops Kill Senior ISIS Militant

Afghan Troops Kill Senior ISIS Militant

Sunday, 2 August, 2020 - 08:00
Commandos with Afghanistan's intelligence agency arrive after four suicide bombers attacked the guesthouse of a US-based charity in Kabul. (AP file photo)
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The Afghan intelligence service said it has killed a high ranking official with the ISIS affiliate in an operation in eastern Afghanistan.

A statement released by the National Directorate of Security late Saturday said Assadullah Orakzai was an intelligence leader for ISIS and special forces killed him near Jalalabad.

Orakzai was suspected of being involved in several deadly attacks against both military and civilian targets in Afghanistan.

Last week, a United Nations report said Afghanistan saw a 13% drop in the number of civilians killed and wounded in violence across the country in the first six months of the year, compared to the same period last year.

The report credited the drop in casualties in part to the reduction of operations by international forces — which now only act when called upon and in support of the Afghan forces — and also to a decrease in the number of attacks by the ISIS group.

The report said the UN had recorded 17 attacks by ISIS causing civilian casualties during the first six months of 2020, down from 97 attacks in the same period last year. Overall, the UN said 1,282 people were killed in violence in the first six months of 2020 in Afghanistan and 2,176 were wounded.

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