Major ISIS Leader Killed In Afghanistan

| by Ray Brown
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An ISIS leader has been killed in Afghanistan, according to U.S.-backed Afghan security forces.

Saad Emarati was killed in a fire fight, reported the BBC. Emarati was reportedly a former Taliban fighter who joined ISIS. About 120 other people were killed in the fight. They're suspected of being militants but that has not yet been confirmed.

The battle occurred in the Kot district of Afghanistan, which has been a hotbed of fighting for several weeks. Kot, located in northeast Afghanistan, was the location where fighting in June led to the deaths of at least 18 ISIS fighters and 12 Afghan security force members and civilians, according to Agence France Presse.

The AFP reports that between 1,000 and 3,000 ISIS fighters are in Afghanistan.

Emarati had been a member of ISIS since at least Jan. 12, 2015, when a video of him pledging to the radical group surfaced, reported the BBC.

Soon after, ISIS established its presence in northeast Afghanistan and began attacking Afghan security forces with Emarati as one its lead commanders there.

The Mirror reported that U.S. military spokesman Brigadier General Charles Cleveland said Emarati's death will have a negative impact on ISIS.

“We think that Daesh is under pressure,” Cleveland said, referring to another name used to describe ISIS.

"Their terrain gets restricted, you see them trying to conduct more external operations and attacks,” he added.

At least 654 suspected ISIS and Taliban fighters have been killed in the past two months, reported the Mirror.

The day before the fire fight that killed Emarati, a suicide bomb attack allegedly carried out by ISIS killed 80 people in Kabul.

On July 6, President Barack Obama announced that 8,400 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan through 2017, according to the Military Times.

Since then, there has been an escalated effort to fight ISIS and Taliban forces in the country, reported

Sources: BBC, Agence France Presse via Military Times, Mirror, USA TodayMilitary Times, / Photo credit: BBC

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