Dozens of people have been killed in clashes between Islamic State militants and Afghan forces as the extremist movement renewed efforts to seize parts of eastern Afghanistan.

Fighters pledging allegiance to ISIS attacked police checkpoints in the Kot area of Nangarhar province.

As many as 36 attackers were reported to have been killed in the assaults, with at least another dozen police and civilians also dead from the fighting.

The assault comes just three months after the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, said the militant movement had been wiped out in Afghanistan.

Afghan extremist fighters set up an offshoot of the Islamic State in 2014 and have since fought both the Government and Taliban to increase their influence.

The US military estimates between 1,000 and 3,000 ISIS fighters are in Afghanistan, mostly comprised of disaffected Pakistani and Afghan Taliban, as well as Uzbek Islamists and locals.

Saleem Khan Kunduzi, Nangarhar province governor, said: “There is no doubt that ISIS do not respect anyone. They kill people, regardless of whether they’re a child or a woman. They burn down madrasas, mosques and schools.”

Sediq Ansari, the head of Afghanistan’s civil society federation, blamed local leaders for failing to tackle the threat from Islamic State.

He told the Reuters news agency: “They should be accountable for every drop of blood that has been shed in Nangarhar so it becomes a lesson to other officials.”

ISIS is also a bitter foe of the Taliban in Afghanistan, which it accuses of lacking Islamic zeal. The US Air Force has begun launching air strikes on its positions in the country. So far this year, between 60 and 80 American air raids have targeted ISIS in Afghanistan, including those by drones and strike aircraft.

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ISIS’s leadership is now believed to have left Nangarhar and moved northwards into the neighbouring Kunar province. That could be the next target if the group has the strength to expand.

Source: Telegraph UK.

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طارق السعدي
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طارق السعدي

All bcs Assad Barrels and iran (NOT) ????????????????????

Rohit Patnaik
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They’ll find Afghanistan rough sailing. Afghans don’t like Whites the way Arabs do and ISIS is mostly packed with Whites and migrants from White nations.

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They are all afghan in the picture.

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Sean_in_Nyc

I would bet good money that the guy to the right in the picture is about as Afgani as Osama “fish food” bin Laden down good and heavy so his rotten corpse sinks and stays down deep.

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What a dummy. The only Americans or Europeans joining ISIS are second generation muslim immigrants. I.e., Arabs, Turkics and Africans.

Also, look at those young boys in that picture. Afganistan has far more caucasians than they have Arabs, Turcics or South Asians.

What is it like to go through life dumb as a stump, and seemingly proud of it?

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How my god

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Why Fighting #ISIL Messaging After its Defeat is Difficult
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@leithfadel اليوم الذي تولي السلطة في باكستان. يكون هناك حرب نووية رهيبة مع الهند وإيران. ويحدوني الأمل في أن ذلك لم يحدث

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@leithfadel THE DAY THAT TAKE POWER IN PAKISTAN. THERE WILL BE A TERRIBLE NUCLEAR WAR WITH INDIA AND IRAN.

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Country is ruined anyway ever since the communist government fell

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Retreating far.

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