The news first emerged when Daesh’ Amaq News Agency published via social media pictures of gears allegedly taken from US personnel after the fights in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, which is bordered by Pakistan. The speculation was confirmed by SITE intelligence Group, a think tank specialized in tracking and monitoring terrorists networks around the world.
One of the photos depicts a bunch of US military equipment that reportedly was not provided to the Afghani official forces and includes a portable rocket launcher, an advanced military radio, and grenades. There’s also a close up of an ID card of American serviceman Specialist named Ryan Larson.
The US military spokesman Commander Ron Flesvig claimed that the serviceman had lost his belongings after a military operation, highlighting that he "has been accounted for and remains in a duty status within his unit."
"SPC Larson was attached to a unit conducting a partnered (operation) with Afghan Forces," Flesvig said in a statement. "The loss of personal identification is unfortunate."
The US forces have been taking part in a renewed Afghani-led offensive in Nangarhar that was launched on July 23, shortly after deadly explosion in Kabul killed 80 and injured over 200 civilians.
Intensified fighting has resulted in dozens of militant casualties since then. Afghan forces have also killed senior Daesh militant Saeed Emarati, according to TOLOnews.
"They have applied for membership, they have been accepted, they had to meet certain tests, they have been publicized in Dabiq,'' he said.
Americans have turned their focus to Nangarhar following President Barack Obama’s call to press the terrorists in Afghanistan. Some 545 weapons have been deployed to the region in 2016 so far.