Pakistan: Wilayat Khorasan claim killing of army captain today, 19 militants also alleged to have died

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Captain Umair Abbass died today in North Waziristan (Image ISPR)

WILAYAT KHORASAN (Islamic State in Afghanistan/Pakistan) allege they killed Captain Umair Abbass today in North Waziristan during clashes with the Pakistan army. (This could not be independently verified). The group first emerged in the summer of 2014 when a group of disgruntled Taliban defected to form IS, see following link,

“Are IS gaining a foothold in AfPak? New video shows some allegiance in the region”

https://activist1.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/are-is-gaining-a-foothold-in-afpak-new-video-release-shows-some-allegiance-in-the-region/

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Wilayat Khorasan covering Afghanistan/Pakistan

Since then IS have set up training camps releasing photos of their first “graduates” and carried out a series of operations against military, Taliban and other targets.

The military began operation Zarb-e-Asb (Sharp Strike) on 15th June 2014 along the border to clear the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of militants. Today’s battle allegedly claimed the lives of 4 security personnel and 19 militants. Shawal valley has become the latest battleground and is considered one of the most difficult areas for the army to penetrate due to the terrain.

Dawn media reported, the 3 other security personnel have been identified as Capt Umair, Havaldar Hakim and Sepoy Hameed and Sepoy Rashid, see following link,

http://www.dawn.com/news/1242292/19-militants-4-security-personnel-killed-in-shawal-offensive-ispr

ISPR (Inter Services Public Relations) confirmed the death of Captain Abbass tweeting the following photo and words,

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File photos of shahuada who embraced shahdat today in mangroti near Pak-Afghan border in Shahwal, North Wazirstan

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General Raheel Sharif visiting Shawal Area (Image ISPR)

On the 24th February ISPR official posted the following statement on Facebook regarding his visit to Shawal,

“General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited Shawal area of North Waziristan today to review progress of operation Zarb-e-Azb.

COAS was briefed by Operation commander about operational gains so far and the impending operations. COAS was also briefed that the deeply forested ravines of Shawal Valley and area ahead of Data Khel which have been frequent infiltration routes of terrorists between Pakistan and Afghanistan, is now the last bastion of terrorists left in North Waziristan.

General Raheel Sharif directed to commence forthwith the last phase of Operation in North Waziristan which aims at clearing the remnants of terrorists from their hide outs in deeply forested ravines, isolate them and indiscriminately sever their links with their abettors anywhere across the country.

COAS expressed complete satisfaction over the gains and effects of operations and acknowledged the resolve of troops to fully eliminate terrorists from their left over sanctuary.

While addressing troops, participating in the operation, General Raheel Sharif commended their high state of morale and paid rich tributes to their resilience and sacrifice. COAS said that sacrifices of soldiers will not go waste and we will achieve the ultimate goal of a terror free Pakistan.

Earlier, on arrival COAS was received by Lieutenant General Hidayat Ur Rehman, Commander 11 Corps Peshawar.”

Today Saturday 27th February, ISPR posted the following message on their Facebook page,

“Ground operation in Shawal progressing smoothly.
Today ground forces surrounded a group of fleeing terrorists in area Mangroti near Pak-Afghan border in Shawal. Intense exchange of fire took took place. 19 terrorists were killed and several injured in exchange of fire.
4 security forces personnel including an officer also embraced shahadat in exchange of fire.”

An account associated with Wilayat Khorasan confirmed deaths stating, “the Mujahideen were killed in clashes yesterday in Shawal area of North Waziristan.”

Dawn also stated, “at least 15 suspected militants were killed during air strikes conducted by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter jets in the Maisar area of Dattakhel Tehsil in South Waziristan Agency.”

Deaths are difficult to confirm independently due to reporting restrictions in the region.

Links

“IS in Afghanistan/ Pakistan further images emerge of Wilayat Khorasan graduates in the name of Hakimullah Mehsud training centre”

https://activist1.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/is-in-afghanistan-pakistan-further-images-emerge-of-wilayat-khorasan-graduates-in-the-name-of-hakimullah-mehsud-training-centre/

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”

About Carol Anne Grayson

Blogging for Humanity.... Campaigner/researcher global health/human rights/drones/WOT/insurgency http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/PO/experts/Health_and_Wellbeing.aspx Exec Producer of Oscar nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad, currently filming on drones.
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