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IS cells operate in Kabul under noses of Afghan and US forces

IS cells operate in Kabul under noses of Afghan and US forces

The incident took place in the vicinity of Achin district where an operation is underway to eliminate the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.

Mohammed Ismail Shinwari, district governor of Achin, said 13 to 15 militiamen were killed in the confrontation. The MP also says a USA airstrike was called in against the militia, killing 22 of them. An AFP reporter saw at least eight militia fighters buried this morning.

The Pentagon has announced that they are investigating an incident in which a U.S. soldier was wounded after being shot by a pro-government Afghan militia in the Nangarhar Province.

The U.S. military says a U.S. and Afghan team was lured to a meeting by insurgents posing as friendly militia members in eastern Afghanistan, triggering a shootout and a coalition airstrike on the compound.

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At the end of the meeting "multiple members of the insurgent group" started shooting, killing the militia leader and wounding the U.S. soldier and interpreter.

Two sources - Malik Amin, a local neighbourhood representative, and a militia fighter who survived the aerial bombardment - told AFP that the airstrike came after an "infiltrator" in the militia shot at the American troops. He said the insider attack left 16 Afghan and US forces dead.

A spokesman for the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Afghan forces, with the help of U.S. Special Forces units and air power, have repeatedly tried over the past year to wipe out the group there, but it has been an uphill task because the Afghan government has had little control in the area for many years. Afghan forces backed by US air power routinely conduct anti-terrorism operations in the province bordering Pakistan. The group said two militants posing as militia commanders had killed 16 USA service members.

A New Year's Day attack on a military patrol in Achin killed one USA soldier.


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