Abdul Hasib, the leader of ISIS forces in Afghanistan, was killed in a raid conducted by U.S. Special Forces and Afghan security forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar on April 27, the Pentagon confirmed on Sunday.
Hasib, who rose to the top post within the Afghan offshoot of the terror organization last year, was believed to have been behind a high-profile terror attack on March 8 in which ISIS, disguised as doctors, slaughtered dozens in a Kabul military hospital.
Hasib had also “ordered fighters to behead local elders in front of their families and kidnap women and girls to force them to marry ISIS fighters,” Reuters reports.
"This is the second ISIS-K emir we have killed in nine months, along with dozens of their leaders and hundreds of their fighters," Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces, Afghanistan, said in a statement on Sunday. "For more than two years, ISIS-K has waged a barbaric campaign of death, torture and violence against the Afghan people, especially those in southern Nangarhar."
The operation in which Hasib was killed was the same that left two Army Rangers dead. The two Rangers were identified on April 28 as Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22, and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, 23, both assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment out of Fort Benning, Georgia.
The two Rangers were killed in eastern Nangarhar province, near the same area the U.S. Air Force dropped the 21,600-pound Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb on April 13.
With Hasib dead, the multinational coalition isn’t letting up on ISIS. CBS News reports that Afghan aircraft spent Monday pounding targets in the Nangarhar province, killing 34 fighters in just over 24 hours and disabling crucial communications infrastructure for the terror group.
“This successful joint operation is another important step in our relentless campaign to defeat [ISIS],” said Nicholson Sunday.
A small unmanned aerial vehicle built by service academy cadets is shown here flying above ground. This type of small UAV was used by cadets and midshipmen from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy, during a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-sponsored competition at Camp Roberts, California, April 23-25, 2017. During the competition, cadets and midshipmen controlled small UAVs in "swarm" formations to guard territory on the ground at Camp Roberts. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Drones have been used in conflicts across the globe and will play an even more important role in the future of warfare. But, the future of drones in combat will be different than what we have seen before.
The U.S. military can set itself apart from others by embracing autonomous drone warfare through swarming — attacking an enemy from multiple directions through dispersed and pulsing attacks. There is already work being done in this area: The U.S. military tested its own drone swarm in 2017, and the UK announced this week it would fund research into drone swarms that could potentially overwhelm enemy air defenses.
I propose we look to the amoeba, a single-celled organism, as a model for autonomous drones in swarm warfare. If we were to use the amoeba as this model, then we could mimic how the organism propels itself by changing the structure of its body with the purpose of swarming and destroying an enemy.
Soldiers from 4th Squadron, 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment "Dark Horse," 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are escorted by observer controllers from the U.S. Army Operational Test Command after completing field testing of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) Sept. 24, 2018. (U.S. Army/Maj. Carson Petry)
The Army has awarded a $575 million contract to BAE Systems for the initial production of its replacement for the M113 armored personnel carriers the service has been rocking downrange since the Vietnam War.
President Donald Trump has formally outlined how his administration plans to stand up the Space Force as the sixth U.S. military service – if Congress approves.
On Tuesday, Trump signed a directive that calls for the Defense Department to submit a proposal to Congress that would make Space Force fall under Department of the Air Force, a senior administration official said.