Sunday, June 26, 2016

Islamic State Launches Attacks In Eastern Afghanistan

Afghan National Army (ANA) officers march during a training exercise at the Kabul Military Training Centre in Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2015.

Reuters: Islamic State militants launch new attacks in eastern Afghanistan

Heavy fighting between Islamic State militants and government security forces has claimed dozens of lives in eastern Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday.

In recent months insurgents claiming allegiance to Islamic State had largely appeared to be bottled up in a mountainous area along the border with Pakistan under threat of U.S. air strikes.

The latest attacks indicate the group remains a potent threat to a government already battling an insurgency dominated by the rival Taliban.

At least a dozen Afghan security forces and civilians had been killed, with another 18 wounded, Nangarhar province governor Saleem Khan Kunduzi said in a statement.

Local officials claimed more than 100 Islamic State fighters had been killed in fighting in Nangarhar over the past three days, although exact figures varied and could not be independently verified.

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More than 100 Islamic State fighters reported killed in Afghanistan -- VICE News
Afghan Forces Kill 135 Militants Linked to IS -- VOA
Dozens Of Suspected IS Militants Killed In Afghanistan -- RFE
Afghan Official: Islamic State Kills 8, Including Civilians -- AP

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