ISIS militants killed in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province in last three months

US announces death of ISIS media leader in Afghanistan

A senior media member of Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K), the Afghanistan branch of the Middle East-nased Islamist organisation, has been killed, the USA military said. "With our Afghan partners we will continue to aggressively target IS-K and defeat them".

In an exclusive interview with the Tasnim News Agency, Mujahid dismissed as untrue comments by some local officials in Nangarhar Province that the Taliban and the Afghan government have agreed to cooperate against Daesh, saying that the Taliban has no agreement with the government in its military operations. ISIS-K claimed responsibility.

At least eleven ISIS militants were killed during the counter-terrorism operations in the past 24 hours in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarahr province.

In April, the U.S. dropped a massive bomb on an Islamic State tunnel complex in Nangarhar, which the Afghan Defence Ministry said killed more than 90 militants.

He added the areas where the ISIS militants have been active were cleared in a joint operation by the Afghan security forces on Wednesday.

USA forces tout the death as reports Friday indicate the Pentagon will send 4,000 additional US troops to Afghanistan - adding to the roughly 8,400 already there - to break a stalemate in the 16-year war with the Taliban and al Qaeda and newer terrorist groups including ISIS.

Despite suffering losses to the US -led coalition, ISIS has recently made gains against the Taliban, which likely outnumbers ISIS in strength about twentyfold. The spot once served as headquarters for Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who used the fortified lair to shield himself and his fighters from a USA assault months after the 9/11 attacks he would claim responsibility for years later.

Although the now-dormant Al Qaeda has no direct links with Islamic State, it is believed that IS' branch in Afghanistan was primarily launched by disgruntled Al Qaeda members.

Yet the Afghan military has already claimed to have defeated, and virtually "wiped out" Afghan ISIS multiple times in the past couple of years, and a claim of 700 ISIS fighters killed in the last three months would be more concerning than comforting, as the group shows no signs of being dramatically degraded from such a loss.

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