Afghan forces kill 68 Daesh militants in air raids
Mi-25 attack helicopters operated by Afghanistan's air forces. (Wikimedia)
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At least 68 members of the Daesh group have been killed in strikes by the Afghan air force in the eastern province of Nangarhar.
Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said the aerial assaults were carried out across the Achin district some 86 miles east of the capital, Kabul.
Nangarhar has seen a rise in the number of militants joining Daesh ranks in recent months.
Taliban have warned Daesh ringleader Ibrahim al-Samarrai, also known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, against “waging a parallel insurgency in Afghanistan.”
Earlier this month, about 40 Daesh fighters were killed in Afghan aerial and ground attacks in Achin.
Dozens of the militants were killed last month during an operation in which a Daesh-run radio station in the district was destroyed, Achin governor Haji Ghalib Mujahid said.
Afghanistan is gripped by insecurity 14 years after the United States and its allies attacked the country as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. Although the 2001 attack overthrew the Taliban, many areas across Afghanistan still face violence and insecurity.
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