first published on July 9, 2018 by Sean
“U.S. Special Operations Forces and Afghan Special Security Forces react to enemy ﬁre while on patrol in support of ongoing operations against ISIS-K in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan.” (Video produced by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Marcus Butler)
U.S. and Afghan forces have successfully wrestled control of ISIS-K’s “capital” in the town of Gurgoray, Deh Bala district; near the Pakistani border in Nangarhar province. Launching the operation back in April with joint U.S. and Afghan Special Operations Forces, most ISIS resistance was broken by early June – with final mop up and ordinance disposal operations still ongoing.
According to Stars & Stripes, “The U.S. and Afghan offensive involved five Special Forces teams and three Afghan commando companies. In total, 600 members of the U.S. Army Special Forces, also known as Green Berets, participated in the mission, which began in April and continued into June,”
Impressively, no friendly forces were killed during the months long operation – yet a purported 167 ISIS fighters were eradicated according to military officials. Besides denying the militants a safe-haven from which to launch attacks into Kabul and Jalalabad, the operation targets their ability to extort money from the local population and their capacity for facilitating logistics from Pakistan.