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US, Afghan special operations planning to ‘take the fight’ to growing ISIS safe havens in NW Afghanistan | Stars & Stripes
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US, Afghan special operations planning to ‘take the fight’ to growing ISIS safe havens in NW Afghanistan | Stars & Stripes

U.S. and Afghan special operations are preparing an offensive against Islamic State enclaves in northwestern Afghanistan, where the group has gained a foothold despite an intensive allied effort to destroy it.

Since early last year, when the U.S. State Department designated the regional ISIS branch a terrorist organization, U.S. troops have aided Afghan forces battling the Islamic State-Khorasan Province, or ISIS-K, mainly in eastern Afghanistan, where it sprouted in 2015.

Operations against a budding ISIS-K group in the northwest could begin as soon as this week, said Gen. Mohammad Radmanish, deputy spokesman for the Afghan Defense Ministry.

“These operations are to chase the enemy — the terrorists who oppose the Afghan people and the Afghan National Defense Security Forces,” he said.

Source: US, Afghan special operations planning to ‘take the fight’ to growing ISIS safe havens in NW Afghanistan | Stars & Stripes