Top ISIS recruiter affiliate in Afghanistan killed in US drone strike

February 11, 2015 4:39 pm

The top recruiter for the Islamic State () group’s affiliate in
was killed in an American drone strike on Monday, US
officials confirmed on Tuesday, marking the first targeted attack on a
leader of the Isis extremists in that country.
Abdul Rauf and
seven others were killed when the strike hit their car. Officials have
expressed concerns about the Islamic State group seeking recruits in
Afghanistan, as US forces withdraw and Afghan forces take control of the
country’s security.

Pro-Isis demonstrators in Mosul. Photo /AP
Although the US is no longer doing combat
operations in Afghanistan, troops there – including special operations
forces – are still conducting counterterrorism missions. There are about
10,600 US troops in Afghanistan now.
The deputy governor of the
southern Helmand province had said earlier this week that Rauf was
killed, but US officials awaited further evidence. The officials
confirmed the death on condition of anonymity because they were not
authorized to speak on the record.

During the Taleban’s rule, which ended in late 2001, Rauf was a
corps commander in the western province of Herat and in Kabul. Rauf
spent years in the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba before being
released several years ago.

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