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Afghan Intel Claims ISIS Chief Killed, Others Captured In Major Operation

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Afghanistan officials told SaraACarter.com Saturday that the top intelligence chief for the terrorist organization ISIS in the region was killed Friday in an operation in Eastern Nangarhar province.

A senior official with the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, told this reporter that Assadullah Orakzai was killed during an operation near Jalalabad city, the capital of the province. The claim has not been independently verified as of yet by U.S. military or intelligence officials but it is being reported throughout the South Asian region and NDS has issued an official statement.

“Assadullah Orakzai along with two other key commanders have been killed during in intelligence based operation,” Imtiaz Wardag, a local police official in Nangarhar province told SaraCarter.com by phone. 

In Afghanistan, a person’s last name is many times attributed to the region where a person is born. Orakzai is a district in Kohat Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. It is an area that borders Afghanistan and is part of the lawless Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

A statement released by Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) Saturday confirmed the death of Assadullah: “The Special Units of the National Directorate of Security NDS have eliminated Ziaurrahman known as Assadullah Orakzai, the native of Akhel Orakzai agency of Pakistan during a targeted operation.”
 
“Afghanistan’s regional and international partners should remember that Afghanistan is a key player in the fight against terrorist and will crush terrorists’ roots anywhere,” the NDS statement said.

Assadullah, who originally came from the Orakzai region, was behind several terrorist attacks including a deadly attack on a hospital’s maternity ward in capital Kabul and suicide bombing at a funeral prayer in Nangarhar on May 12, which killed 56 people and left nearly 150 other wounded.

Wardag told this reporter the that the ISIS Chief, along with other followers of the extremist terrorist organization, operated and established a basecamp in the border lands between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The ISIS intelligence chief had long been a threat to both Afghan and U.S. troops but was believed to have been hiding with other ISIS terrorists in North Western Pakistan, an area that was once a stronghold for the Pakistani Taliban. A 2014 military operation by the Pakistan army greatly decimated the Taliban’s forces in the area but the

An Afghan intelligence official said that Assadullah was once a close associate of Mufti Abu Sayeed Orakzai, the former chief of ISIS in Afghanistan. In the region ISIS is often referred to as Daesh. Sayeed Orakzai was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2018.

Sayeed Orazai was replaced an Afghan national, Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost, as the chief  of the Khorasan ISIS chapter, which includes Pakistan. Interestingly Sayeed had also served as district Chief of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for Orakzai Agency chapter before discarding the TTP umbrella in mid-October 2014. The Taliban and ISIS have been fighting against one another in the region for dominance.

“Assadullah Orakzai was student of Mufti Sayeed in his seminary and remained his close aid,” Saboor Khattak, Peshawar based senior journalist said. 

According to Khattak, this is another “major blow to Daesh” ISIS in the region after its key commanders were also recently captured by Afghan forces.

On April 4, Afghan forces captured Aslam Farooqui, the head of ISIS Khorasan in the eastern province of Kandahar, while later another key commander of an offshoot ISIS group, known in the region as Ziaul Haq, was also arrested on May 11.

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U.S. Commerce Department: Chinese firms are supplying Russian entities

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On Tuesday, the United States Commerce Department said several companies in China are supplying Russia’s military. The announcement was made alongside a “new round of blacklist restrictions for foreign firms aiding Moscow’s war against Ukraine” reports National Review.

“These entities have previously supplied items to Russian entities of concern before February 24, 2022 and continue to contract to supply Russian entity listed and sanctioned parties after Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine,” stated an official Commerce Department notice posted to the Federal Register.

“Commerce also blacklisted several Chinese companies and Chinese government research institutes for their work on naval-technology and supplying Iran with U.S. tech in a way that harms America’s national security” adds National Review.

Six companies that are helping further the Russian invasion are also based in Lithuania, Russia, the U.K., Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

National Review reports:

The Commerce Department stopped short of blaming the Chinese government for the sanctions-evasion activity it identified today. Commerce secretary Gina Raimondo previously said that there doesn’t appear to be any “systemic efforts by China to go around our export controls.” The Biden administration has publicly and privately warned Beijing against supporting the Russian war, with White House officials even leaking to the press about an effort to present China’s ambassador in Washington with information about Russian troop movements ahead of the invasion.

While Beijing has not expressed outright support for the invasion, it has used its propaganda networks to back Moscow’s narrative. Meanwhile, top Chinese and Russian officials have moved to solidify the “no-limits” partnership they declared in early February. General secretary Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin held a call this month, marking the construction of a new bridge between their two countries, during which they reiterated their support for the burgeoning geopolitical alignment.

National-security adviser Jake Sullivan said last month that the U.S. has no indications that Beijing has provided Russia with military equipment. A Finnish think tank, the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, estimated on June 12 that Chinese imports of Russian oil since the outset of the conflict have amounted to $13 billion, making China the biggest consumer of the country’s oil exports. Previously, it was Germany. “While Germany cut back on purchases since the start of the war, China’s oil and gas imports from Russia rose in February and remained at a roughly constant level since,” the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission noted.

Official advisor Anton Gerashchenko tweeted incredible video of Ukrainian soldiers sweeping through fields, writing “this is how our fields are de-mined so that farmers can harvest crops.”  On Monday a Russian missile struck a mall in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, where over 1,000 civilians were inside.

“Almost two dozen people were still missing Tuesday one day after a Russian airstrike struck a Ukrainian shopping mall and killed 18 civilians inside…On top of the 18 dead and 21 people missing, Ukrainian Interior Minster Denis Monastyrsky said 59 were injured. Several of the dead were burned beyond recognition” reported the New York Post.

 

 

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