US air strikes aid Afghan forces against IS

Reuters . Kabul

Afghan forces backed by American air strikes have killed dozens of insurgents loyal to Islamic State this week as they continue a push into areas occupied by the radical group, officials said on Tuesday.
For months, security forces have been trying to dislodge Islamic State fighters from Achin district, an area in eastern Nangarhar province along the border with Pakistan.
More than 30 militants were reported killed in the most recent fighting, said Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the Nangarhar provincial government.
‘Daesh fighters who had gathered in Mohman Dara village were attacked by a drone,’ he said, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.
Khogyani said as many as 22 were killed in the air strike on Monday, but a US military spokesman would not publicly confirm casualty numbers.

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