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Daesh military leader killed in Afghanistan

Updated: Jul 26, 2016 17:03 IST
Kabul, July 26 (ANI): A Daesh's military leader, Saeed Emarati, has been killed during a military operation in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province.

Local officials said that Emarati was killed yesterday, after insurgents clashed with Special Forces during the operation in Kot district of the province.

A spokesman for the provincial governor Attaullah Khoghyani said that Emarati was recently appointed as the group's military leader in Kot, reports Tolo News.

No further details were provided regarding the clash.

The Afghan military is trying to retake the initiative in the war against militants with a new offensive planned for this week against Daesh.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani recently announced a major assault against fighters loyal to Daesh.

And the urgency to uproot Daesh from Afghanistan has only accelerated in the wake of Saturday's deadly suicide bombing at a protest march in Kabul that killed at least 80 people.

U.S. President Barack Obama last month gave a green light to a more assertive role for its roops in Afghanistan acknowledging the deteriorating security situation. (ANI)