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The intelligence chief of Taliban in northern Faryab province and a senior leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) in eastern Nangarhar province have been killed in separate airstrikes conducted by the coalition forces.

Informed military sources said Friday that an ISIS-K commander, Khetab Emir, was killed in a coalition air strike January 10, 2019.

The sources further added that Khetab Emir was a known attack coordinator who supplied explosives and logistical support to enable high-profile attacks in civilian populated areas across the country.

His death protects Afghan citizens from future violence and degrades the ISIS-K presence in Nangarhar province, the sources added.

In the meantime, the military sources are saying that the intelligence chief of Taliban, Qari Sebghatullah, was killed in a precision air strike January 10, 2019.

According to the sources, Qari Sebghatullah planned and coordinated attacks on Afghan security forces, government officials and civilians.

Another ISIS-K leader, the shadow governor of the group for Dara-ye Pech of Kunar was killed in another airstrike of the coalition forces on 10th of January, the sources said, adding that Abdul Karim was acting ISIS-K shadow governor for Kunar province.

At least 9 Taliban militants were killed in separate operations and airstrike of the Afghan and coalition forces in southern Uruzgan and Helmand provinces, the sources said, emphasizing that “Afghans are ready for peace but the Afghan Security Forces will stay on the offensive and fight until the Taliban commits to a peaceful, Afghan-led solution.”


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