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Islamic State commander killed by drone strike in Afghanistan

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Andrew V. Pestano
Flags flown by the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL) - a Sunni jihadist group. Self-proclaimed as a caliphate, it claims religious authority over Muslims worldwide. Al-Qaeda is a global militant Islamist organization. UPI/Shutterstock/Steve Allen
Flags flown by the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL) - a Sunni jihadist group. Self-proclaimed as a caliphate, it claims religious authority over Muslims worldwide. Al-Qaeda is a global militant Islamist organization. UPI/Shutterstock/Steve Allen

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Former Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Rauf, who reportedly swore allegiance to the Islamic State recently, was killed by a drone strike in Afghanistan.

Rauf's brother-in-law and four Pakistanis were also killed when their car filled with ammunition was destroyed. Rauf was designated as the deputy leader in "Khorasan," an antique name for Afghanistan, by the Islamic State.

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The National Directorate of Security in Afghanistan released a statement confirming Rauf's death. NATO officials have yet to confirm.

Rauf was captured by the U.S. military in 2001 and spent six years in Guantanamo Bay before being released to Afghan authorities.

Taliban leader Mullah Omar and Rauf reportedly had a falling out recently.

President Barack Obama condemned the Islamic State last Thursday, calling it a "brutal, vicious death cult."

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