On January 14, the Afghan Police revealed in an official statement that “foreign” Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs) destroyed several positions of ISIS in the districts of Haska Mina and Achin in the eastern province of Nangarhar. According to the Afghan Tolo TV, 17 local and foreign members of ISIS were killed in the UCAV airstrikes.
The UCAVs were likely operated by the US Air Force or even the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), as both are known to be operating UCAVs over Afghanistan and several other countries.
In related development, the Afghan Army arrested a suspect who was actively involved in recruiting militants for the ISIS terrorist in Haska Mina district of Nangarhar province, according to the Afghan Khaama Press News Agency. A police official told Khaama that the detained individual was also involved in recruiting militants for the terrorist group in Rodat district.
Nangarhar province is considered the heartland of ISIS in Afghanistan, with over 2,000 ISIS fighters hiding there according to the Afghan Army. However, the US and the Afghan Army are only conducting limited security operations and surgical airstrikes against the terrorist group there.