The U.S. targeted and killed a top ISIS commander in Afghanistan and released a video of the operation (see below).
Qari Hikmatullah and his bodyguard were killed, according to a press statement.
“[Afghan Special Security Forces] and U.S. counter-terrorism forces killed Hikmatullah and they will kill any successors,” said Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan. “IS-K [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province] will be eliminated.”
Hikmatullah was a senior commander and was instrumental in the transport of ISIS’ fighters into the northern Afghan province of Jowzjan.
“IS-K in Jowzjan province is the main conduit for external support and foreign fighters from Central Asian states into Afghanistan,” read the press statement. “Hikmatullah was the key leader for those operations.”