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US airstrike kills 16 Daesh in Nangarhar

AT-KABUL: At least 16 Daesh fighters were killed in a US airstrike in eastern Nangarhar province, provincial police chief said in a statement Saturday.

“The airstrike targeted the hideout of the insurgents in Achin district of the province late Friday,” the statement said.

It added that the ammunition cache of the insurgents was also destroyed during the raids.

No civilian’s casualties reported during the operation.

This comes as top US commander in Afghanistan Gen. John Nicholson said earlier October that Daesh is trying to expand their foothold and establish the Khorasan caliphate inside Afghanistan.

Daesh is principally a non-Afghan movement that is completely rejected by the Afghan people, but they are much focused to establish their ‘caliphate’ inside the country.

Nicholson said the U.S. has seen many foreign fighters joining the Daesh in Afghanistan, particularly Uzbeks from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and Pashtuns from the Pakistani Taliban.

In Afghanistan, the main-hub of Daesh militants estimated around 1,000 fighters is in eastern Nangarhar province which shares a border with Pakistan.

There are no new victories for Daesh terrorists but heavy losses. Yet Daesh needs to keep stimulating its militants to continue fighting.

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