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Half of Daesh fighters killed in US, Afghan forces airstrikes

Half of Daesh fighters killed in US, Afghan forces airstrikes

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Feb 28, 2020 - 09:15

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Islamic State’s Afghanistaninfo-icon branch has lost more than half its fighters due to Afghan and US airstrikes, and ground operations conducted by Talibaninfo-icon fighters, according to a recent inspector general report.

Officials with US Forces Afghanistan said it was hard to estimate the number of remaining ISIS fighters in Afghanistan, but US officials claimed in September the terrorist group was capable of fielding between 2,000 and 5,000 fighters, the IG report detailed.

Afghanistan’s ISIS offshoot lost its home turf in Nangarhar Province in November, forcing 300 of the jihadi fighters to surrender to Afghan forces, the military times said.

But the terrorist group continues to limp on despite intense military pressure against the group over the last five months.

Despite a reduction in violence agreement hashed out between the Taliban and the US American warplanes have continued to conduct offensive operations and strikes against the Islamic extremist group.

ISIS is not party to the seven day reduction in violence deal between the US and Taliban, which went into effect Feb. 22. The US and the Taliban are expected to sign a long-term peace deal on Feb. 29 that could lead to the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.

Col. Sonny Leggett, a spokesman for U.S. Forces Afghanistan, tweeted early Thursday morning that airstrikes on Wednesday killed three ISIS fighters in Kunar Province and forced 34 ISIS militants to surrender to Afghan forces in Tswokey district.

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