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The Pentagon announced on Friday that U.S. forces killed a senior member of the Islamic State (ISIS) group’s Afghanistan branch, known as ISIS-K.

A July 11 airstrike in the country’s Kunar province killed Abu Sayed, the emir of ISIS-K, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement quoted by AFP.

The strike on the group's headquarters in eastern Afghanistan “also killed other ISIS-K members and will significantly disrupt the terror group's plans to expand its presence in Afghanistan,” according to the statement.

“ISIS leaders chose Abu Sayed to lead the group after Afghan and U.S. forces killed the previous ISIS-K leaders — Hafiz Sayed Khan in late July 2016, and Abdul Hasib, in late April of this year,” the statement added.

ISIS-K has been active since 2015, fighting both the Taliban as well as Afghan and U.S. forces.

In April, the U.S. carried out a massive air strike against ISIS in Afghanistan, killing at least 36 terrorists.

The attack included the first ever use of the GBU-43/B Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb, or “Mother Of All Bombs”, the largest conventional bomb ever built.

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