27 killed, 20 hurt as Islamic State, Taliban clash in Afghanistan

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Clashes between Taliban and Islamic State jihadists in western Afghanistan have left at least 27 dead and 20 others injured, officials said Monday.

Mohamad Hanif Rezaey, Afghan military spokesman, said 15 ISIS jihadists and 12 from Taliban were killed in fighting on 24 May in three areas in Farah province’s Khak-e-Safid district.

Among the injured were 13 ISIS members and seven from Taliban.

“Taliban fighters captured alive 12 alleged ISIS members, including four women of various nationalities,” the spokesperson said.

Armed feuds broke out a few hours after Nato’s mission in Afghanistan warned of growing ISIS presence, while the government has been at war with the Taliban for 14 years.

The spokesperson of the Atlantic alliance’s “Resolute Support” mission, Armando Perez, said that although the development of the insurgent group was still unstable, “it continues to have aspirations for the entire region” and has been recruiting actively”.

In the last two weeks, 19 insurgents from both groups have lost their lives in clashes to gain control over several strategic areas in the Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the US has 11,000 soldiers in Afghanistan under its anti-terrorism combat mandate until at least 2016, as Washington re-evaluates its withdrawal timeframe.

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