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Taliban kill IS mastermind of Kabul airport attack that killed 13 US troops

The Taliban have killed the senior Islamic State (IS) leader who was behind the suicide bombing at the Kabul airport that killed 13 US service members and about 170 Afghans in August 2021, US officials said on Tuesday. The IS operative, whose name was not disclosed, was killed by the Taliban in a counter-terrorism operation in Afghanistan earlier this month, according to three US officials.

The US was not involved in the operation and did not rely on the Taliban for confirmation of the death, the officials said. They said the US had intelligence and other sources confirming that the IS leader was killed. The officials also said they were not providing the Taliban with operational information or intelligence, but that other partners in the region did share information with the Taliban.

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