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

Lester Mason
January 12, 2018

The U.S. military bombed members of an Afghan government militia who were on the front lines of the battle against the Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 13 fighters after at least one opened fire on U.S. Special Forces soldiers deployed there, Afghan officials said Thursday.

US-led airstrikes killed at least 16 civilians in the Haska Mina district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, where Islamic State militants were active, on August 11 past year.

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

Achin district administrative chief Ismail Shinwari confirmed the incident but did not elaborate further saying still there is no information available regarding the cause of the incident and possible casualties.

Local media quoted sources as saying the incident prompted the US military to call in airstrikes against the assailants, causing several fatalities, but there was no official confirmation.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed the insurgent group was behind the attack.

The Pentagon has announced that they are investigating an incident in which a USA soldier was wounded after being shot by a pro-government Afghan militia in the Nangarhar Province. He said the insider attack left 16 Afghan and US forces dead.

While Afghan security forces are conducting most of the fighting against IS and Taliban militants, USA troops operate alongside them in a training capacity and are frequently on the front lines. Eight U.S. service members have been killed in the province over the past nine months.

Nangarhar has been the deadliest province for US forces in the past year.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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