IS leader Hafiz Saeed Khan killed in Afghanistan: Pentagon claims

09:56 AM | 13 Aug, 2016
IS leader Hafiz Saeed Khan killed in Afghanistan: Pentagon claims
NEW YORK (Web Desk) - A US airstrike last month killed Hafiz Saeed Khan the leader of Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday.

Khan was killed July 26 as US and Afghan Special Forces conducted operations against the terror group in southern Nangarhar province, Deputy Press Secretary Gordon Trowbridge said in a statement.

His death comes as part of a major effort to crush the Islamic State, which became a growing threat in Afghanistan earlier this year.

Khan, a former Taliban member, became head of the region's Islamic State branch, known as the Islamic State in the Khorasan Province, in 2015, pledging allegiance to the group's overall leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Trowbridge said Khan was known to directly participate in attacks against US and coalition forces, and that his network terrorised Afghans, especially in Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan.

The Afghan branch uses the Nangarhar area to train, equip, disseminate and control fighter pipelines, providing Islamic State commanders throughout Afghanistan with a continuous supply of fighters, he said

“Nangarhar province has been a hotbed for (Islamic State) activity since the summer of 2015,” Trowbridge said. “Khan’s death affects recruiting efforts and will disrupt (their) operations in Afghanistan and the region.”

Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal told Reuters that the strike also killed several senior Islamic State commanders and fighters.

It is the second time in two years that Khan was believed killed by a drone. A similar claim surfaced last year from Afghan intelligence agents, but the report was never confirmed.

It was also the second reported death of a high-profile extremist in the region in four months. In May, a U.S. drone killed Mullah Akhtar Mansour, the Afghan Taliban leader, according to U.S. officials.

In January, President Obama gave the U.S. military authority to strike the Islamic State in Afghanistan and operations, including airstrikes, against them began immediately. The number of Islamic State militants in Afghanistan was estimated to be about 3,000 at its peak in January, according to coalition statistics, far fewer than the 25,000 to 35,000 Taliban militants.

Many of the Islamic State militants were former Taliban who left the organisation to join the Islamic State.

Army Gen. John Nicholson, the top US commander in Afghanistan, said US and Afghan attacks have reduced the size of the Islamic State, also called Daesh, in Afghanistan to between 1,000 and 1,500 as a result of airstrikes and ground fighting.

The story first appeared on USA Today.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains momentum against US dollar in the open market on February 28, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar moves up and currently hovers at 282 for buying and 282.25 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303.1 for buying and 306.1 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.6 for buying, and 355.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 28 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 282 282.25
Euro EUR 303.1 306.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.6 355.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181.1 183.1
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.1 209.1
China Yuan CNY 38.87 39.27
Danish Krone DKK 40.61 41
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.1
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.5 59.1
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.41 26.71
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.15 209.15
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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