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Afghanistan’s president claims victory over Islamic State

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 20, 2019 13:04

Afghanistan’s president claims victory over Islamic State

Security forces have “obliterated” Islamic State militants in Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani said, hours after a prisoner swap with Taliban insurgents raised hopes of a lull in violence in the country. More than 600 fighters from IS, locally known as Daesh, have surrendered with their families to the Afghan government in past weeks. Officials say air strikes by Afghan and coalition forces, lack of funds and low morale have forced the group to give up. The government says among fighters in its custody are foreign nationals from Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and the Maldives. However, the Afghan Taliban, which has been battling IS and the government for control of the country, disputed that.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 20, 2019 13:04

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