Updated Aug 26, 2018

Head of ISIS in Afghanistan reportedly killed in U.S. airstrike

Security force fighter looks through binoculars

A security force member looks through binoculars as they protect a safe zone in Nangarhar, Afghanistan. Photo: Zabihullah Ghazi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

American officials say the Islamic State's leader in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed Orakzai, has been killed in a targeted airstrike, reports CNN.

The big picture: ISIS has ceded much of its territory in Iraq and Syria, causing a significant number of its fighters to move into Afghanistan — and allowing the U.S. to focus its efforts on eliminating the terrorist organization there.

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