Estimated at between 25 million and 35 million people, the Kurds are the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East, and while most are Sunni Muslims, there are also Christians, Jews, Yazidis and Zoroastrians among them
Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province, a stronghold of Islamic State's Khursan branch, was hit with more than a dozen bomb blasts recently, wounding more than 120 people, including 30 children. Among those children was Basharyar, who fled Afghanistan with his family years ago to neighboring Pakistan. . VOA's Zia Urahman Hasrat reports from Nangarhar.
Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS), the country's intelligence agency, released a video showing its special forces attacking Islamic State sleeper cells in rural areas of Kabul on Wednesday. The agency also says it arrested a key member of the terror group this week accused of coordinating suicide attacks and managing suicide bombers in the capital.