The coalition forces in Afghanistan have confirmed the killing of ISIS Khurasan Emir in a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan.

“United States forces in Afghanistan conducted a strike against the leader of the Islamic State – Khorasan group, known as Abu Saad Orakzai, in the eastern area of the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, August 25. The strike resulted in his death,” a statement by the Resolute Support stated.

“America and her allies are in Afghanistan to maintain pressure on the networked, trans-regional terrorists attempting to plot, resource and direct attacks from here,” said U.S. Army General Scott Miller, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. “This is only part of the coalition’s work towards and Afghan security solution, but it is a vital part.”

The statement further added that the death of Abu Saad Orakzai marks the third time U.S. forces have successfully targeted a self-proclaimed emir of Islamic State – Khorasan group since July 2016.

Sources in the Afghan intelligence last week confirmed that the ISIS Khurasan Emir has been killed along with his nine comrades in Khogyani district of Nangarhar province.

The provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said Abu Saad Orakzai was originally a resident of Orakzai Agency of Pakistan and was appointed ISIS Emir after the killing of Haseeb Logari.