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9 June, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Fight against IS will step up during Afghan truce: US

AFP

BRUSSELS: A one-week ceasefire with the Taliban announced by the Afghan government will allow the fight against the Islamic State group to be stepped up, the top US general in the country said yesterday, reports AFP.

Afghan commandos backed by US special forces and air support are tackling IS and Al-Qaeda fighters who hold pockets of territory in the northern and eastern provinces of Kunar, Nangarhar and Jowzjan.

“We are in the middle of a new offensive against ISIS in Nangahar. This will continue and in fact will be intensified during the period of ceasefire,” General John Nicholson, who commands US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, told reporters.

Speaking on the sidelines of a NATO defence ministers’ meeting in Brussels, Nicholson said US forces would respect the apparently unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban announced by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday.

 

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