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Most Daesh rebels are foreigners, says Nicholson

Most Daesh rebels are foreigners, says Nicholson

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Jul 16, 2017 - 09:10

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The top NATOinfo-icon and US commander in Afghanistaninfo-icon has said most Daesh or Islamic State (IS) fighters are foreigners who have brought violence and miseries to the people.

Gen. John Nicholson said this during a change-of-commander ceremony at the NATO Resolute Support (RS) Mission headquarters in Kabul.

He said during the last one year US and Afghan forces had inflicted significant damage on Daesh’s Korasan chapter and killed most notorious commanders of the group, including the three leaders.

He said Daesh leader Abu Sayed was killed in an airstrike in Kunar province three days back. Sayed was the third leader of the terrorist organisation killed in the last year, he added.

The NATO commander said they conducted operations against the ISIS in every part of Afghanistan -- mostly in Nangarhar, Kunar and Jawzjan provinces.

Nicholson promised military action against Daesh would continue in Afghanistan until the last rebel was eliminated. He claimed most of Daesh militants were foreigners.

Nicholson assured NATO would work together with Afghan security forces for the elimination of the insurgent outfit.

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