Oh, but he said that they’ll never return to the battlefield.
Taliban commander who returned to Afghanistan as recruiter for ISIS after he was freed from Guantánamo Bay is killed in drone strike
- Mullah Abdul Rauf, 33, killed by NATO drone strike along with son-in-law
- The former Guantánamo Bay detainee recently pledged allegiance to ISIS
- The ex-Taliban commander claimed to be recruiting fighters for ISIS
Mullah Abdul Rauf, 33, was killed by a NATO drone
A former Guantánamo Bay detainee who recently pledged allegiance to ISIS has been killed in Afghanistan.
Mullah Abdul Rauf, 33, was killed by a NATO drone strike along with his son-in-law and six others as they drove through Kajaki district in the volatile southern province of Helmand, Afghan officials said.
Rauf, an ex-Taliban commander, declared allegiance to Isis in January, and claimed to be recruiting fighters on behalf of the group which holds large swaths of Syria and Iraq.
He was branded by the Washington Post last month as ‘the shadowy figure recruiting for the Islamic State in Afghanistan.’
A Pakistani militant commander said Rauf had been an important liaison between various factions which have broken away from the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban movements in recent months.
His defection had caused deadly infighting and raised fears the movement was gaining footholds in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
A statement from Resolute Support, the new name for the NATO mission in Afghanistan, said ‘coalition forces conducted a precision strike in Helmand province today, resulting in the death of eight individuals threatening the force’.