REPORT: ISIS ‘capital’ captured in Afghanistan, over 160 fighters killed
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ISIS’ main stronghold in Afghanistan was captured by U.S and Afghan Special Forces after a prolonged assault that killed nearly 170 terrorist fighters and resulted in no American deaths, military officials said Saturday.
The multi-staged military operation in Deh Bala, located on the border with Pakistan, began in April but wrapped up in June, military officials told Reuters.
No American or Afghan troops were killed during the offensive, which involved 600 Green Berets and three Afghan commando companies, according to Military.com.
The article goes on to state the following:
“This area, two months ago, was controlled by [ISIS],” Brig. Gen. John W. Brennan Jr., commander of NATO forces in eastern Afghanistan told Military.com. “We pushed them into the mountains, so they cannot harm the people here.”
Troops initially arrived by helicopter and set up an operations base near the village of Gargari, where ISIS fighters were attempting to establish a regional capital. The district is next to Aachin, where the U.S. military dropped its largest non-nuclear combat weapon — the MOAB — to eradicate ISIS from its base in Afghanistan’s Nanganhar province in April 2017.
“This was one of the main green zones that did two things. One, it provided money, finance, logistics to ISIS and we’ve taken that away from them,” Lt. Col. Josh Thiel from the U.S. First Special Forces Group told Reuters. “Additionally, ISIS was using this as a site to prepare and move high-profile attacks on Kabul and Jalalabad.”
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