A Serious Blow
Ten days ago, a joint special forces raid between US and Afghanistan took place in the Nangarhar province of eastern Afghanistan. On Sunday, Afghan officials confirmed the killing of Abdul Hasib, leader of ISIS in the Khorasan Province. Hasib was appointed leader after his predecessor Hafiz Saeed was killed in a US drone strike nine months ago. As a result of Hasib's death, Afghan forces are now able to enter numerous villages for the first time in nine months. However, the region is not fully secure. Intense fighting and aerial bombardment are currently present in the Nangarhar province.
Formerly Hasib-run, the Islamic State in the Khorasan is the older Persian province that includes Afghanistan and Pakistan. The map depicts the location of Nangarhar province, a modern-day region that is within the ancient province. Click on the map to expand.