first published on March 29, 2018 by Will
The Department of Defense has released a video showing part of a recent US SOF operation that eliminated a top ISIS-K commander in Afghanistan.
The video of the nighttime raid begins by showing SOF troops loading a Chinook helicopter with ladders in hand to be used for infiltrating target compounds.
The raid took place in the Darzab district of Jowzjan province over the night of March 26-27, 2018. ISIS-K is most commonly thought to hold turf in Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, yet, Jowzan is situated in the far north of the country, near the borders of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, which likely hints at the terror group’s supply chain into Afghanistan.
The US has had a streak of recent successes in targeting and killing ISIS-K. On March 22, US SOF killed four insurgents in the same district, and one week before that, they eliminated militant platoon leaders Omair and Abu Samaya in an airstrike while they were having a meeting.
Reports also ambiguously indicated that an additional 13 ISIS-K fighters were “removed” on March 16. It’s uncertain if the insurgents were killed or if they were detained for intelligence exploitation.
ISIS-K is supposedly having a tough time solidifying its presence in Afghanistan. It is still heavily reliant on foreign manpower and facilitation. Although the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), who have been fighting against the US for years, swore allegiance and were assimilated into ISIS-K, the local Afghan people have historically proven that they will resist outside influence.