A member of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) from Jammu and Kashmir was recently killed fighting in Ghazni, Afghanistan, according to jihadist sources online. The AQIS man, known as Abdul Haseeb al-Kashmiri, was reportedly killed late last week.
Ghazni has been the scene of heavy fighting in recent weeks, as the Taliban and its jihadist allies battle the Afghan government and its backers for control of terrain. The Taliban provides regular reports on the fighting via its official website, Voice of Jihad.
A Telegram channel that supports Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH), an al Qaeda-linked group in Kashmir, reported Abdul Haseeb’s death on June 20.
“We announce [to] you the Martyrdom of our beloved brother Abdul Haseeb al-Kashmiri, a Muhajir Mujahid of J&K in the ranks of AQIS who was martyred in an American raid on Saturday night in Ghazni Afghanistan,” the Telegram post reads.
“The brother was known as the destroyer of tanks as he had destroyed many American tanks in recent battles fought with Americans and it’s [sic] apostate allies in mainland Ghazni and other parts of Afghanistan,” the post continues. “We ask Allah to accept his Hijrah and Martyrdom and raise his ranks in Jannah al-Firdaws.”
The same pro-AGH Telegram channel posted the photo seen above. Al Qaeda has been increasingly vocal about its support for AGH.
FDD’s Long War Journal has not confirmed Abdul Haseeb al-Kashmiri’s death in an American airstrike. But AQIS is known to fight in the province.
For example, see FDD’s Long War Journal reports:
Afghan military kills 31 AQIS fighters in Ghazni
Al Qaeda’s alliance with the Taliban ‘remains firm,’ UN says
Foreign fighters involved in assault on Ghazni, Afghan defense minister says
US and Afghan forces target al Qaeda operatives in 3 provinces
Afghan intelligence confirms top al Qaeda leader killed in raid
Bin Laden advised relocation of some leaders to Afghanistan due to drone strikes in Waziristan
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