US bombing kills top ‘Islamic State’ leaders in Afghanistan

US Military Helicopter over Nangahar Province, Afghanistan


Voice of America reported the following:

July 11, 2015

The head of the so-called Islamic State group in Afghanistan, Hafiz Saeed Khan, has been killed in a drone strike in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s intelligence agency said 30 other members of the group also died in the strike Friday in Achin district.

Haseeb Sediqi, spokesman for the National Directorate for Security, called Khan “the so-called Ameer of Khurasan province from Daesh group.”

Daesh is another term for the Islamic State group.

‘Major impact’

The death, along with the killings of three other top commanders last week, will have a “major impact” on the group’s activities, Sediqi said.

“We will feel a considerable decrease and disruption in their activities,” he said.

The three commanders killed last week included Islamic State group military commander Gul Zaman; his deputy, Jahadyar, and Shahidullah Shahid, a former spokesman of the Pakistani Taliban who was ousted by them when he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, Sediqi said.

The Pentagon confirmed Friday that the U.S. conducted two drone strikes on July 6 and 7 but did not confirm who was killed in the strikes.

Sediqi said Afghans considered three factors when they decided to call on international allies for a drone strike to kill Khan, rather than sending in their own forces: effectiveness, speed and minimizing collateral damage through a precision airstrike.

Concentration of IS

The Islamic State group has shown a considerable concentration of fighters in the Nangarhar province lately and many airstrikes conducted in the last month have targeted groups of up to 20 people.

Some in Afghanistan think what the USA has done will really help defeat the Islamic State there:

July 11, 2015

Officials in Afghanistan said Saturday that recent U.S. airstrikes it assisted destroyed the top leadership of a fledgling local affiliate of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), potentially striking a major blow to an insurgent group already targeted by local Taliban fighters.

While U.S. officials declined to confirm it, Afghan authorities said an American airstrike Friday killed ISIS affiliate leader Hafeez Sayeed and more than 30 other militants.

That comes after Afghan officials earlier said another U.S. airstrike killed the affiliate’s second-highest official, Gul Zaman, and six others, including a former Pakistani Taliban spokesman named Shahidullah Shahid who earlier had joined the group.

“With the killings of Hafiz Sayeed, Gul Zaman and Shahidullah Shahid, who were the high-profile figures of Daesh in Afghanistan, we have destroyed the base of ISIS,” said Abdul Hassib Sediqi, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security, using two alternate names for the militant group.

The Bible tells of a time that a leader of nations that are now predominantly Islamic will arise.  He is called the King of the South in Daniel 11:40.  He will make various deals with the West (cf. Daniel 11:27; Psalm 83:4-8), but eventually be involved in a direct war with Europe, which he will lose (Daniel 11:40-43).

Despite the fact that the group calling itself a caliphate and the Islamic State, I have written since they had much notoriety that its leader would NOT be the prophesied (see ISIL declares itself ‘Islamic State’ and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as caliph).

The ‘Islamic State’ was upset enough of the Muslim countries, that they will not support its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Most of the Islamic world is unified in its desire to be rid of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his group.  The same can be true for the Europeans, Americans, and Russians.

US military successes, at times, are expected.

That being said, the very existence of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Islamic State is encouraging the Arab nations and others to consider forming a lasting confederation, consistent with those that the Bible warns will end in disaster in Ezekiel 30:2-8 and Daniel 11:40-43.  However, since the Islamic world does not interpret those passages like we in the Continuing Church of God do, many Muslims are determined to form such a group.  Lke the ‘Islamic State’ they would like the group to be an Islamic caliphate–just with a less extreme interpretation of Islam.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

Iraq, the King of the South, Armageddon, and Prophecy What will happen to Iraq?  What about the Islamic State? Is Iraq the prophesied Mystery Babylon? What is Armageddon and how does that have to do with Iraq? Here is a related video Iraq, Armageddon, & Prophecy.
Is the Future King of the South Rising Up? Some no longer believe there needs to be a future King of the South. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? Might this King be called the Mahdi or Caliph? What does the Bible say? A YouTube video of related interest may be: The Future King of the South is Rising.
The Muslim Brotherhood and the Rise of the King of the South The Bible tells of the formation of a power of nations that are in the Middle East and North Africa that are part of the final “King of the South” (Daniel 11:40-43) The Muslim Brotherhood wishes to have an Islamic empire with basically the same nations. This YouTube video explains what to expect from such a confederation.
The Arab and Islamic World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy The Bible discusses the origins of the Arab world and discusses the Middle East in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam? What about the Imam Mahdi? What lies ahead for Turkey, Iran, and the other non-Arabic Muslims? An item of possibly related interest in the Spanish language would be: Líderes iraníes condenan la hipocresía de Occidente y declaran que ahora es tiempo para prepararse para el Armagedón, la guerra, y el Imán Mahdi.
The Prophesied ‘Islamic’ Confederation Where is an Islamic caliphate prophesied? Will one happen? Should you be concerned about it? A related video is Will an Arabic Calphiphate Destroy the West?
Libya, Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia in Prophecy What is ahead for North Africa? What does the Bible teach?
Gaza and the Palestinians in Bible Prophecy What does the Bible teach about Gaza and the fate of the Palestinians? Here is a link to a related video: Gaza and Palestine in Prophecy.
Damascus and Syria in Prophecy Will Bashar Assad hold power as he has it? Does the Bible show that Damascus, the capital of Syria, will be destroyed? What will happen to Syria? Will the Syrians support the final King of the South that the Bible tells will rise up? Which scriptures discuss the rise and fall of an Arabic confederation? Does Islamic prophecy predict the destruction of Syria. This is a YouTube video.
Egypt in Prophecy Does Egypt have a special role in end time prophecy? Will Egypt rise up and then be defeated. What does God teach will happen to those in Egypt? Here is a link to a YouTube video titled Egypt and End Time Prophecy.
How Will Middle East Peace be Brought About? Can humans bring peace to the Middle East? Here is a link to a related video: Middle East Peace? When?
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, English, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo-Saxon (non-Dutch) Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? What will happen to Jerusalem and the Jews in Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo-Saxon nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first? Here is a link to the Spanish version of this article: Anglo-América & las Tribus Perdidas de Israel. Information is also in the YouTube sermons titled Where are the Ten Lost Tribes? Why does it matter? and British are the Covenant People. A short YouTube of prophetic interest may be Barack Obama and the State of the Apocalypse.
Will the Anglo-Saxon Nations be Divided and Have People Taken as Slaves? Will the lands of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand be divided? What about Jerusalem? What does Bible prophecy teach? Are there non-biblical prophecies that support this idea? Who will divide those lands? Who will end up with the lands and the people? Here is a link to a video titled Will the USA and other Anglo-nations be Divided and Their People Made Slaves? Here is a related item in the Spanish language ¿Serán divididas las naciones anglosajonas?
Prophecies of Barack Obama? Reasons why Barack Obama is apocalyptic and reasons why Barack Obama is not the Antichrist. This article includes many biblical and non-biblical prophecies, from around the world, that seem to discuss Barack Obama. Did Nostradamus predict Barack Obama dealing with the Antichrist?  Might Barack Obama set the stage for the kings of the North and South as at least one Shiite prophecy suggests?  Read it and decide for yourself if President Obama seems to be fulfilling various prophecies. Watch also the YouTube Barack Obama and the State of the Apocalypse.

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