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President Pledges To 'Bury' Islamic State In Afghanistan

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has promised to "bury" the Islamic State (IS) group, whose Afghan offshoot has clashed with government forces and Taliban militants.

Speaking in a BBC interview during a visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Ghani said the IS group was "not an Afghan phenomenon" and its atrocities had "alienated the people."

"Afghans are now motivated by revenge," he added. IS militants "have confronted the wrong people."

Ghani called for action against the group at regional and international level, saying, "We are dealing with very significant risks."

The president also warned that if peace talks with the Taliban did not start in the coming weeks the conflict would intensify, with consequences across the region.

And he called on neighboring Pakistan to take action against Taliban groups that did not agree to negotiations.

Based on reporting by the BBC

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