The Taliban claims to have killed the ISIS terrorist who planned a deadly attack on U.S. troops in Afghanistan during the country's chaotic withdrawal in August 2021.
On August 26, 2021, a suicide bombing at Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai International Airport left 13 Americans dead: 11 Marines, one Navy sailor and one Army soldier. Some 170 Afghan civilians were also killed and another 18 U.S. military personnel were wounded.
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) April 26, 2023
The Associated Press reported that the suspected terrorist was killed by the Taliban in southern Afghanistan in early April during a series of military operations against ISIS. The article cited U.S. officials and the father of a Marine killed in that attack. The agency reported a statement from the Pentagon Press Secretary, Patrick Ryder, who confirmed the death of the ISIS leader and assured that the U.S. government did not conduct a joint operation with the Taliban.
According to U.S. officials, the terrorist was responsible for the airport attack. Intelligence services determined that the ringleader was a key conspirator and overseer of ISIS in Afghanistan. However, the terrorist's identity has yet to be revealed.