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Drone Strikes In Eastern Afghanistan Kill Militants Loyal To IS


An image made from a video released by the Islamic State (IS) on 27 January 2015 purportedly showing Hafiz Said Khan (C) head of the IS branch in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Two drone strikes targeted militants loyal to Islamic State in Afghanistan on July 7 -- killing between 25 and 49 insurgents, according to differing estimates by Afghan and foreign officials.

An increasing number of militants are pledging allegiance to Islamic State in Afghanistan, making them a target of deadly strikes there by the U.S. unmanned aircraft.

Many are Central Asian extremists who’ve fled a Pakistani military offensive in the North Waziristan tribal region.

Those militants also have found themselves at odds with rival factions of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the Nangarhar Province governor, said 49 militants were killed by drone attacks in the village of Mamd Dara in the Achin district.

But a foreign official, who asked not to be named, said the number of dead was closer to 25.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP
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