Pasbanan- Kabul:

A U.S. airstrike killed Qari Hikmatullah and his bodyguard in Bal Chiragh district, Faryab province, Afghanistan, according to a newsletter released by RS mission in Afghanistan this guy was killed in Apr. 5, 2018. At the time of his death, Hikmatullah was the senior IS-K commander and the main facilitator of IS-K fighters into northern Afghanistan.

The newsletter added: IS-K in Jozjan province is the main conduit for external support and foreign fighters from Central Asian states into Afghanistan. Hikmatullah was the key leader for those operations. Hikmatullah, a native Uzbek, had a history of divided loyalties; first as an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader, followed by allegiance to the Taliban, and ultimately IS-K.

IS-K reportedly named Mawlavi Habibul Rahman, another native Uzbek, as Hikmatullah’s successor. Rahman’s succession to a leadership role raises concerns across IS-K followers in remote, isolated areas of Jozjan. Rahman has had intermittent ties to the Taliban, highlighting the difficulty IS-K is having replacing leaders.

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