Islamic State’s Number-Two Leader in Afghanistan Dies in Coalition Airstrike

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Nangarhar : An airstrike has killed the Islamic State’s (IS) second-in-command in Afghanistan, intelligence officials confirmed on Tuesday. Gul Zaman died on Monday along with five other fighters in an attack launched by the US-led coalition in eastern Nangarhar province, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement. Zaman was formerly a member of the Afghan Taliban, and

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Drone strikes target Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan

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Kabul : Two drone strikes targeted militants loyal to Islamic State in Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing between 25 and 49 insurgents, according to differing estimates by Afghan and foreign officials. An increasing number of militants are pledging allegiance to the Islamic State in Afghanistan, making them a target of deadly strikes there by the U.S. unmanned aircraft. A total of

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IS declaring open war on Taliban in Afghanistan is a game changer for world diplomacy

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Kabul : Reuters reported an important exclusive story on Monday saying that Afghanistan fighters loyal to Islamic State have seized substantial territory in Afghanistan for the first time and wrested areas in the east from rival Taliban insurgents. The story can be read here. The development should evoke a mixed bag of delight and concern among the global strategic community

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Islamic state Kicks Out Taliban, Captures Vast Territory in Afghanistan

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Afghanistan: Fighters loyal to Islamic State have seized substantial territory in Afghanistan for the first time, witnesses and officials said, wresting areas in the east from rival Taliban insurgents in a new threat to stability. Witnesses who fled fighting in Nangarhar province told Reuters that hundreds of insurgents pledging allegiance to Islamic State pushed out the Taliban, scorching opium poppy

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Afghanistan fighters ‘linked to Islamic State in Syria’

There have been serious clashes between Afghan militants allied with Islamic State and Taliban fighters

Kabul : A senior US commander in Afghanistan has said that fighters allied with Islamic State (IS) are in contact with the militants’ Syrian headquarters. Gen Sean Swindell, leader of the unit training Afghan special forces, said that disgruntled Taliban fighters have established a “franchise”. But he added that IS in Afghanistan is not as serious as in Libya or Iraq.

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Islamic State base in Afghanistan? UN, Russia worried over report

Iraqi security forces prepare to attack Islamic State extremists at Camp Speicher, the front line in Tikrit. (AP Photo)

The top UN envoy in Afghanistan said on Monday that recent reports indicate the Islamic State extremist group has established a foothold in Afghanistan, a view echoed by Russia which urged the Security Council to stop its expansion. Nicholas Haysom told the council the assessment of the UN political mission in Afghanistan is that the Islamic State group hasn’t stuck

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