US airstrikes kill 25 Daesh fighters in Afghanistan

Published February 24th, 2016 - 11:00 GMT
US soldiers patrol near Kandahar Airfield last year. US President Barack Obama has announce that thousands of US troops will remain in Afghanistan into 2017. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
US soldiers patrol near Kandahar Airfield last year. US President Barack Obama has announce that thousands of US troops will remain in Afghanistan into 2017. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

Afghan officials say more than two dozen Daesh militants have lost their lives in US drone strikes in Afghanistan's troubled eastern province of Nangarhar.

Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for Nangarhar provincial governor, said the aerial assaults took place in the Achin district of the province, which is located 120 kilometers (74 miles) east of the Afghan capital, Kabul.

He added that 25 members of the Daesh militant group were killed in the aerial assaults.

Khogyani further said that a considerable amount of weapons and munitions were destroyed during the raids.

Colonel Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, a spokesman for the Nangarhar provincial police department, said on February 18 that 15 people were killed in a US drone attack in Achin district.

On February 3, at least 18 people lost their lives when US-led foreign forces carried out a string of drone strikes in Afghanistan's southeastern province of Paktika.

The United States regularly uses drones for airstrikes and spying missions in Afghanistan as well as Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border. Washington has also been conducting targeted killings through remotely-controlled armed drones in Somalia and Yemen.

Afghanistan, parts of which have long been considered a bastion of Taliban, has recently been seeing the emergence and limited expansion of Daesh. Nangarhar, in particular, is one area where Daesh has visibly gained a foothold.

On June 16, 2015, the Afghan Taliban militant group warned Daesh ringleader, Ibrahim al-Samarrai, also known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, against "waging a parallel insurgency in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan is gripped by insecurity more than 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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