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ISIS commander among 10 killed in Helmand operation

AT-KABUL: A commander of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been killed along with nine other fighters of the terrorist organization in southern Helmand province, said the Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Sunday.

General Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the MoD, tweeted that a commander of ISIS, Hafiz Wahidi, was killed in a military offensive launched by 215th Maiwand Military Crops the other night. Azimi said that Hafiz Wahidi succeeded Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim, as ISIS head in Afghanistan. Khadim was killed in a drone strike in Helmand province around one month ago.

Khadim had deflected to ISIS from the Taliban and was appointed as Daesh’s deputy governor of Khurasan province— an old name for Afghanistan.

According to reports the ISIS fighters are currently present in Helmand, Farah, Logar, Ghazni and Kunduz provinces.

The ISIS holds swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria and is also active in Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, as well as Afpak region.

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