first published on May 18, 2018 by Josh
Operation Resolute Support continues to support Afghan National Defense and Security Forces in their on-going struggle against the Taliban and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province. Support often comes in the form of coordinated air attacks from various Resolute Support air platforms, but recently we have also seen an up-tick in direct action missions on the ground being carried out by special units. Just last month, American and Afghan SOF teams conducted a raid on the strategic center of Darzab district, Jowzjan province, killing 22 ISIS-K militants, which occurred just six days after the leader of the organization was killed by a Resolute Support airstrike.
These constant kinetic airstrikes, followed by a steady stream of persistent and effective direct action missions carried out by Afghan and U.S. special operations teams, has left ISIS-K cornered, without key leadership, and afraid to conduct operations against Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. With ISIS-K backed into a tight corner and reduced to nothing more than isolated pockets of fighters with no real leadership, Resolute Support forces and the ANDSF are now more capable than ever of continuing to take their fight directly to Taliban controlled territories within Afghanistan to restore control of key provincial districts to the government of the war-torn nation.
With the release of this footage at the bottom of this article, the DoD released the following statement: KABUL, Afghanistan (May 9, 2018) — Afghan and U.S. Special Operations Forces eliminated senior IS-K facilitator Yasir during a nighttime air assault raid in Mohmand Darah district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, May 9, 2018. Yasir planned and facilitated IS-K attacks against Afghan security forces and civilians in Kabul and along Highway 7, the main corridor for travel from Nangarhar to the Afghan capital. Afghan and U.S. Special Operations Forces conduct persistent offensive operations to deny IS-K their stated goal of a caliphate in southeastern Nangarhar. Footage courtesy: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nicholas Byers.