Abu Sayeed Orakzai, the leader of the ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan, was killed in an airstrike carried out by NATO-led Operation Resolute Support personnel, U.S. and Afghan officials told NBC News on Sunday — the fourth time the "leader" of the hydra-like terror group's Afghan offshoot has been snuffed in the last 18 months.
NBC News, August 26, 2018: "U.S. forces conducted a counter-terrorism strike in Nangarhar province targeting a senior leader of a terrorist group," said a spokesperson for Operation Resolute Support, a NATO-led mission which trains and advises Afghan forces."
The New York Times, April 9, 2018: "An American airstrike killed the leader of the Islamic State in northern Afghanistan, the latest in a series of crippling setbacks for the extremist organization in the country, according to American and Afghan officials on Monday."
The New York Times, July 14, 2017: "The leader of the Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed by an American drone strike this week, the Pentagon said on Friday. The strike, on Tuesday, targeted the militants’ headquarters in Kunar Province, Afghanistan."
The New York Times, May 7, 2017: "The leader of the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan who orchestrated audacious attacks that further upended the country’s deteriorating security situation was killed in a special forces raid last month, the president of Afghanistan said in a statement on Sunday."
President Donald Trump hit back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday with a letter saying he was "sorry to inform" her that her trip to Brussels, Belgium and Afghanistan would be canceled due to the government shutdown, just one day after Pelosi proposed cancelling the State of the Union address for similar reasons.
Marine Corps drill instructor R. Lee Ermey in his iconic role in 'Full Metal Jacket' (Warner Bros.)
Retired Marine Staff Sgt. R. Lee Ermey, the legendary Marine drill instructor turned iconic Full Metal Jacket actor who died last year, will be formally laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Jan. 18, according to the cemetery's web site.