Pentagon Debunks ISIS Claim of Assassinating U.S. Military Commander in Afghanistan

There are about 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan with a mission to advise and assist the Afghan military but also to fight extremist groups like Al-Qaeda or IS

The Islamic State’s “news service,” Amaq, claims that a U.S. military commander in Afghanistan has been assassinated with an explosive device, along with two Afghan officers.

The claim was reported Monday morning by the UK Daily Mirrorwhich provided no further details.

Amaq’s statement was also noted by the SITE Intelligence Group:

At the time of this writing, there has been no corroboration from any source for Amaq’s claim.

ISIS claimed responsibility for a massive bombing in Kabul three weeks ago, which claimed over 80 victims.

Update, 10:45 AM EST: A spokesman for the NATO-US mission in Afghanistan has debunked the Islamic State’s claim of assassinating a U.S. military commander.

“That claim is false,” said Adam Stump, a civilian spokesman at the Pentagon.

“No Resolute Support people, U.S. or otherwise, hurt in today’s IED attack in Kabul, which targeted an Afghan army vehicle. Several ANA members were wounded only,” Col. Michael Lawhorn, Resolute Support Director of Public Affairs, told Breitbart News.


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