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    Ghani Assesses Concerns IS Gaining Ground in Afghan Province

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani traveled to eastern Nangarhar province on Jan. 10, 2016, where he met with officials and tribal leaders to assess concerns Islamic State is gaining ground in the province that borders Pakistan.
    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani traveled to eastern Nangarhar province on Jan. 10, 2016, where he met with officials and tribal leaders to assess concerns Islamic State is gaining ground in the province that borders Pakistan.
    Ayaz Gul

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday traveled to eastern Nangarhar province where he met with officials and tribal leaders to assess concerns Islamic State is gaining ground in the province that borders Pakistan.

    Addressing the meetings in the capital Jalalabad , Ghani stressed that the government is determined to prevent Daesh (the Arabic acronym for IS) from establishing bases in Afghanistan and that the defense ministry will intensify the bombing of IS bases in the province.

    He spoke after the provincial governor informed him ongoing airstrikes by the Afghan defense and national security force are effectively tackling the IS threat and urged Ghani to step up the anti-IS campaign

    Islamic State, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, has found supporters in Afghanistan, mainly in Nangarhar's Achin, Nazyan and neighboring districts. 

    "Daesh does not have a place in our soil. We want them killed," Ghani said.

    IS militants on Friday beheaded seven people in the Achin district. While they were carrying out the executions in front of local villagers, a suspected U.S. drone strike hit the area killing at least 17 IS fighters, according to the provincial government. 

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    by: Haron from: Afghanistan
    January 11, 2016 8:58 AM
    I think Taliban or IS (Daesh) won't be defeat-able. because
    1. the President (the person whose photo is at file) and CEO (Abdu) don't have any stimulant to fight against Taliban and IS.
    2. Taliban and Islamic State don't flow like snow from sky. but, it is the support of people from that region.
    this means that people in Eastern and Southern of Afghanistan get down to hands of Taliban once. and once they get down to hands of Islamic State.
    these propaganda where there will be peace process is nothing than passing time.

    by: williweb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
    January 11, 2016 8:05 AM
    The US, and consequently our allies, have 24/7 satellite surveillance and close in surveillance with drones, resulting in an attack on a concentration of IS fighters while they were carrying out their ghastly atrocities in public. It doesn't look good for IS in Afghanistan. Even the taliban are fighting them.

    by: meanbill from: USA
    January 10, 2016 7:26 PM
    How many times must it be said; That if the US and NATO with the greatest military and airpower in the history of the world couldn't defeat the Taliban terrorists in 14 years of trying, [what chance if any], does the 3rd world Afghan army with no airpower whatsoever have of defeating the Taliban terrorist now? .. Did you say, zero to none? .. bet on the Taliban?

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