Afghans listen to a radio broadcast run by the Islamic State militants, in the eastern city of Jalalabad. (Reuters/Parwiz)
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A high-ranking Daesh (ISIS) commander in Afghanistan has been killed in an airstrike, officials said Saturday, as Afghan and US forces dial up attacks on the militant group.Qari Hekmat was the top commander of Daesh's Afghan franchise in the northern province of Jowzjan, where the group established a stronghold after coming under intense pressure in the eastern province of Nangarhar.Hekmat was killed Friday in an Afghan airstrike in Darzab district, the defense ministry said in a statement, describing him as "one of the key figures" for Daesh in northern Afghanistan.Afghan and US forces have ramped up airstrikes and ground offensives against Daesh fighters in Jowzjan in recent months as the group seeks to expand its foothold in the country.
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