April 12, 2018 | Quoted by Dan Lamothe - The Washington Post

Senior ISIS leader killed in northern Afghanistan, highlighting shifting militant allegiances

The U.S. military said Monday that it has killed the senior leader of an Islamic State enclave in northern Afghanistan, highlighting an evolving fight that expanded more than a year ago after the militant left the Taliban in a dispute.

Bill Roggio, who analyzes terrorist groups for the Long War Journal, said Hikmatullah’s fighters had begun to expand south from Jowzjan to Faryab province, taking shelter in Uzbek enclaves. Security in Faryab has worsened over the past several years. The Islamic State has played a role in that, but the Taliban also is very active in the province, Roggio said.

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