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    Ghani: IS Loyalists Uprooted in Afghanistan

    FILE - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace in  Kabul, Dec. 31, 2015. Ghani said on March 6, 2016, his security forces have uprooted loyalists of Islamic State in the country.
    FILE - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, Dec. 31, 2015. Ghani said on March 6, 2016, his security forces have uprooted loyalists of Islamic State in the country.
    Ayaz Gul

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said his security forces have uprooted loyalists of the Islamic State group in Afghanistan. 

    Addressing lawmakers at the opening of parliament in Kabul Sunday, he said IS is one of the elements in the current Afghan conflict, but it is only fighting to promote its own extremist ideology and interests.

    “We can say with pride that today Afghanistan is the only nation where Daesh (Arabic acronym for IS) is on the run. They are on the run in Nangarhar, and Afghanistan will be their graveyard,” Ghani said.

    The eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan, is where IS established its strongholds more than a year ago and tried to expand its influence to the rest of the country through use of its terrorist activities.

    In recent days Afghan ground and air forces, assisted sometimes by U.S. drones, have carried out repeated attacks on the remote mountainous Achin and Shinwar districts in the restive province.

    Afghan officials say the operations have killed more than 200 IS fighters in the 21-day military campaign that was concluded last week. 

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    by: Haron from: Afghanistan
    March 06, 2016 9:21 AM
    I appreciate the bravery of our troops and hope they could defeat all Daesh group members. not only Daesh but, our military forces must take strong decisions against Taliban leaders and their loyalists.

    by: meanbill from: USA
    March 06, 2016 8:11 AM
    Remember that the terrorists strategy is to attack the enemy where they are weakest and unprepared, and withdraw when re-enforcements arrive, [and then], attack the enemy at the next weakest unprepared position, [or], return to the positions they occupied before re-enforcements arrived, and keep repeating those guerrilla warfare tactics and strategy? .. The Afghan 3rd world army and the US claims these terrorist strategic withdrawals as victories, but in reality, that's how the terrorists fight guerrilla warfare? .. It's a terrorist strategy that the US and NATO couldn't defeat in 15 years of trying? .. The 3rd world Afghan army and the US hasn't found a way to (hold the positions taken) when the terrorists withdraw? .. That's why they can't defeat the terrorists now?

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