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Date: Aug 26, 2018

The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Saad Erhabi, was killed in a strike on the group’s hideouts in Nangarhar province on Saturday night, authorities said on Sunday.

Ten other members of the militant group were also killed in a joint ground and air operation by Afghan and foreign forces, the National Directorate of Security in Kabul said in a statement.

A large amount of heavy and light weapons and ammunition were destroyed during raids on two Islamic State hideouts.

The jihadist group’s Amaq’s news agency carried no comment on the issue, and there was no immediate reaction from the NATO-led Resolute Support mission that trains and advises Afghan forces.

The provincial governor of Nangarhar said Erhabi was the fourth Islamic State leader in Afghanistan to be killed since July 2017.


Read more:  Reuters

Islamic State on Sunday claimed responsibility for an attack on an Egyptian police checkpoint in northern Sinai, the group’s Amaq news agency reported, saying 15 soldiers were killed or wounded in what it described as an infiltration operation.

Egypt’s state news agency MENA said on Saturday that security forces foiled an attack on a checkpoint west of the city of al-Arish, and killed four militants while other fled.

MENA made no reference to any casualties among security forces in the attack, but the privately owned al-Masri al-Youm newspaper reported that four policemen had died.

Egyptian troops, backed by police, have since February been conducting a major operation targeting Islamist militants behind a wave of attacks against security forces and civilians. Hundreds of suspected militants have been killed or captured in the operation.

Amaq said Islamic State militants targeted the Kilometre 17 checkpoint west of al-Arish, without giving any evidence or details on how many were involved.


Read more:  Reuters

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri calls on Muslims to unite against an alleged “international infidel alliance” in a newly released video. The 5-minute production, which was posted online yesterday (Aug. 23), is titled “The Battle of Awareness and Will – The Solid Structure.” In it, Zawahiri holds up the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan as an example for Muslims to emulate, claiming that the Taliban corrected the “course of the Afghan jihad” after it had fallen into discord.

The al Qaeda leader begins his brief lecture by reminding his audience that the last Islamic caliphate fell during the First World War. Zawahiri laments that the infidels and occupiers divided the ummah’s territory into dozens of pieces. But from Zawahiri’s perspective, all hope wasn’t lost.

Various movements “emerged” from within the ummah (worldwide community of Muslims) “to resist” the “tyranny” of the infidels. The most important of these was the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, which set the jihadists’ project in Afghanistan on the right path.

Zawahiri’s message highlights a key point that is often missed: Al Qaeda considers the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to be the centerpiece of its imagined, resurrected caliphate. Of course, al Qaeda rejects Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s Islamic State and its caliphate, which has lost most of its territory. The two sides have been in open conflict since 2014. And Zawahiri implicitly draws a contrast between the Islamic State’s exclusive claims on power and al Qaeda’s own approach, which is supposedly more inclusive.


Read more:  Long War Journal