|Fresh clashes erupt among Taliban and ISIS in Nangarhar province|
|[KhaamaPress] Fresh have erupted among the Talibs and the of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) in eastern province of Afghanistan.|
The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East said the latest have erupted between the two sides in Deh Bala district.
The source further added that the latest have left one ISIS dead so far.
In the meantime, Silab Corps in a statement said the US forces have also conducted an in Deh Bala district, leaving one ISIS dead.
The anti-government armed groups including and ISIS loyalists have not commented regarding the report so far.
This comes as scores of Taliban and ISIS were killed during the similar in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan few weeks ago.
At least 250 ISIS also surrendered to the Afghan forces after their main stronghold was overrun by the Talibs in Darzab district.
|Amnesty under study for IS fighters in Afghanistan|
|[DAWN] MAZAR SHARIF: IS fighters who surrendered to Afghan forces this week in the northern province of Jawzjan may be granted amnesty despite accusations of atrocities including rape and murder, officials said.|
Around 150 IS fighters, including two senior commanders, gave themselves up after being driven from their strongholds in Jawzjan by the after weeks of fighting.
Thousands of civilians fled the area in the districts of Darzab and Qush Tepa and many accused IS fighters of multiple atrocities, giving detailed accounts of women and s being taken from their families, raped and, in some cases, murdered.
However the for the Jawzjan provincial governor said the need to encourage fighters to surrender was likely to mean that they would not face charges.
"There is an amnesty for the group that surrendered in Darzab district," Mohammad Reza Ghafouri, for the Jawzjan provincial governor, said, referring to IS.
"The group will not be presented to legal and judicial authorities because they are taking part in the ," he said, adding that people with complaints about individual IS members were free to take the matter up with the courts.
Government officials said it was the first time such large numbers of IS fighters had surrendered at once. Several , all related to the fighters, had also handed themselves to Afghan authorities.
"Any adversary of the government that joins the has to be given amnesty because if they are taken before the judges, other adversaries who have reached an agreement with the government will go cold on it," Ghafouri said.
While pressure has been building for peace talks between the Western-backed government in Kabul and the Taliban, the local affiliate of IS, which has gained an unmatched reputation for brutality, has shown no signs of joining.
The Taliban, seeking to reimpose strict Islamic law after their 2001 ouster, also took credit for the surrender, saying they had cleared Jawzjan.
Defence Ministry Mohammad Radmanish said the military had done its duty and it was now for the government to decide the next step.
"As defenders of our people and country, our job is to fight our enemy until the battle ground. Now they have surrendered ... our job is done," he said.
Another official, Jawzjan security commander General Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani, said any IS fighter who had committed crimes against humanity would face justice and expressed scepticism about any reconciliation.
He said those fighters who surrendered to the government were Afghans, although believed to be in the area may have been killed or captured by the Taliban.
"I am concerned and afraid that after surrendering, these people will commit more crimes because they are completely untrustworthy," he said.
|Afghan forces arrest 4 female ISIS Khurasan members in Jawzjan province|
|[KhaamPress] The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have four female members of the of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISISK) in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.|
The Security Director of Jawzjan Security Commandment Abdul Hafiz Khashi confirmed that four female ISIS Khurasan members have been arrested in Darzab district.
Khashi further added that the suspects were arrested from Darzab district as they were attempting to flee to Shebarghan city.
He also added that the women are originally hailing from Baghlan, Kunduz, and Samangan provinces of Afghanistan and are currently in the custody of the security forces.
According to Khashi, the detained women have confessed during the preliminary investigations that they were members of the ISIS Khurasan group.
The anti-government armed groups including ISIS Khurasan loyalists have not commented in this regard so far.
This comes as nearly two hundred of the terror group surrendered to the Afghan forces in Jawzjan province last week.
|Senior ISIS leader surrender to Afghan forces with his 152 fighters|
|[KhaamaPress] A of the of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) Mawlavi Habib Ur Rehman surrendered to the Afghan forces together with his 152 miliants.|
The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North said the ISIS leader and his fighters have surrendered in Jawzjan province.
A statement by Shaheen Corps said the surrendered to Afghan forces late on Tuesday night.
The statement further added that Mawlavi Rehman and his also and some other military kits t the Afghan forces.
The anti-government armed groups including ISIS loyalists have not commented regarding the report so far.
Jawzjan has been among the relatively calm provinces in North of Afghanistan but the security situation of the province during the recent years.
Both the and ISIS loyalists operate in some districts of the province and often carry out terrorist related activities.
This comes as sporadic are underway between the Taliban and ISIS in some parts of Jawzjan province.
Taliban says defeats Islamic State fighters in north Afghanistan
[AlAhram] More than 150 Islamic State fighters surrendered to Afghan security forces in the northwestern province of Jawzjan after they were defeated and driven out by the Taliban, Taliban and government officials said on Wednesday.
The defeat represents a major setback for the group, which first appeared in eastern Afghanistan around four years ago and which had gained a foothold in southern Jawzjan, where it fought for control of smuggling routes into neighbouring Turkmenistan.
"The evil phenomenon of Daesh has completely been eliminated and people have been freed from its tortures in Jawzjan province of Afghanistan," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement, using an Arabic term for the group.
The Taliban launched an offensive several weeks ago in Jawzjan against the group, which they oppose as much as they do the Western-backed government in Kabul and which has established an unmatched reputation for brutality.
Last month, General John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, welcomed the fact that the Taliban were fighting Islamic State, which he said had to be destroyed.
U.S. forces have launched air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Jawzjan in recent months, but the Taliban has rejected any suggestion of cooperation and accused the United States of trying to obstruct them.
The fighting prompted thousands of people to flee to the provincial capital of Sheberghan, where many gave shocking accounts of the brutality of Islamic State fighters and commanders in Darzab and Qush Tepa, the two districts they controlled before being driven out.
Mujahid said more than 150 Islamic State fighters had been killed and more than 130 captured by the Taliban with the rest surrendering to government forces rather than the Taliban.
Afghan government officials said 152 fighters from the Islamic State strongholds of Darzab and Qush Tepa surrendered to security forces in the early hours of the morning.
Mawlawi Habiburrahman, commander of Islamic State forces in the north, and another commander called Mufti Nematullah were among those who surrendered, they said.
Bands of Islamic State fighters have been increasingly active in northern Afghanistan in recent years, fighting the Taliban for control of resources and sparking alarm in neighbouring nations.
Government officials said the group's defeat in Jawzjan would ease concerns about its potential to expand and support militant activity outside Afghanistan.
"The worries of neighbouring countries, and the presence of Daesh groups on their borders, have now been removed," said Mohammad Reza Ghafouri, a spokesman for the provincial governor.
|Several ISIS militants surrender to ALP forces in Jawzjan province|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] |
Several affiliated with the of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) surrendered to the Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.
The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North said a group of 23 ISIS led by ISIS Commander Mohammad Qasim surrendered to the ALP forces in Darzab district.
The source further added that the surrendered to ALP forces on Wednesday.
According to Shaheen Corps, the also handed over ten Ak-47 rifles, 17 ammunition magazines, and some other military kits.
The anti-government armed groups including ISIS loyalists have not commented regarding the report so far.
|Taliban militants accused of raping, murdering female ISIS militants in Jawzjan|
|[KhaamaPress] The Talibs have been accused of rape and murder of female ISIS amid ongoing infighting in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.|
The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North, citing local sources, said in a statement the Talibs , raped, and murdered three female ISIS in Darzab district.
The sources further added that 12 ISIS were killed and at least 33 others sustained injuries during the latest clash between the two sides in Darzab district.
At least three were also killed and at least eight others were during the , the sources added.
The anti-government armed groups including Taliban and ISIS have not commented regarding the report so far.
The security situation in northern Jawzjan province has started to deteriorated during the recent years amid ongoing efforts by the Taliban and ISIS to expand their foothold in this province. Jawzjan was considered among the relatively calm provinces in the northern parts of the country until the recent years.
|Over 60 killed, wounded as clashes erupt among Taliban, ISIS in Jawzjan province|
|[Khaama Press] Over sixty were killed during the infighting the and ISIS in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.|
The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North said the erupted in Darzab district of Jawzjan after a coordinated attack by the Talibs.
According to a statement released by Shaheen Corps, at least 16 ISIS and 10 Talibs have been killed during the .
The statement further added that 14 ISIS also sustained injuries and at least 9 others were detained by the Talibs.
A commander of the Taliban group was among those killed and at least 11 Talibs have sustained injuries while 2 others were detained by ISIS s, Shaheen Corps added.
According to Shaheen Corps, between the two sides still continue as the Talibs are attempting to clear Darzab district from the presence of ISIS s.
The anti-government armed groups including Taliban and ISIS have not commented in this regard so far.
Jawzjan has been among the relatively calm provinces in the North but the security of the province during the recent months amid growing ISIS and Taliban activities.
|ISIS militants behead a child on charges of helping Afghan forces|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Militants affiliated with the of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have beheaded a child on charges of helping the security forces in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.|
The local officials confirmed on Tuesday that the incident has takne place in the vicinity of Darzab district, home to several ISIS s.
Provincial security chief Abdul Hafiz Khashi said the child, believed to be 14-year-old, was beheaded by ISIS because he was taking food and water to the security forces in the area.
Khashi further added that the victim has been identified as Rahimdad and was helping the security forces voluntarily.
This comes as Afghan and US Special Forces are also busy conducting counter-terrorism operations against the terror group in North of the country.
According to a report by Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan, Afghan Special Security Forces eliminated 22 IS-K fighters attempting to defend IS-K’s strategic center of Darzab district, Jowzjan province on Apr. 11. The operation occurred six days after Qari Hekmatullah, the IS-K emir for northern Afghanistan, and his bodyguard were killed by a U.S. in Darzab on Apr. 5.
The report further adds that fighters that choose to stay with IS-K face a similar fate as its leaders. Afghan and U.S. special operations coupled with U.S. airstrikes continue to decimate the heart of IS-K in Darzab. Afghan and U.S. forces have killed 90 IS-K fighters this year, a majority were eliminated in Darzab.
|ISIS suffer heavy casualties in joint raids of Afghan and US forces|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group suffered heavy casualties during the joint raids of the Afghan and US forces in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.|
The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North said the Afghan and US forces carried out a series of operations on ISIS hideouts in Darzab district late last night.
The source further added that the operations were conducted with the support of the close air support in the vicinity of Mughol and Nawahi villages.
According to Shaheen Corps, at least sixteen ISIS including one of the key commanders identified as Mohammad Yousuf alias Khanjar were killed.
More than twenty ISIS including one of their commanders identified as Shabir Ahmad were also during the operations, the Shaeen Corps said.
In the meantime, the Shaheen Corps said several ISIS were forced to flee the area and the situation is under the control in Darzab at the moment.
|French IS fighter among 8 killed in North of Afghanistan: MoD|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan says at least eight including a French national apparently fighting in ISIS ranks have been killed in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.|
The source further added that the in Darab district of Jawzjan during a clearance operation.
No further details have been regarding the identity of the killed during the operation but foreign nationals from Central Asian States and other countries are actively operating in ISIS ranks in this province.
This comes as the Afghan Intelligence, (NDS), said late in March at least five ISIS suspects including a French woman have been during a Special Forces operation in the North.
The local security officials in Jawzjan had also confirmed the report and had said that the woman was arrested from the vicinity of Darzab district.
The district police chief Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani said the French woman was arrested during a joint operation of the Afghan Special Forces and the foreign forces based in Afghanistan.
Earlier, Darzab district administrative chief Mohammad Dawar has told the AFP that "A number" of Algerian and entered the largely IS-controlled district of Darzab in northern Jowzjan province in November.
He said at least two women were among the arrivals, who were travelling with a translator from Tajikistan as well as Chechens and Uzbeks, Dawar added.
|ISIS Khurasan leader Qari Hekmat killed in Jawzjan airstrike|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The leader of the of Iraq and Syria Khurasan Qari Hekmat |
The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North said Qari Hekmat was killed in an airstrike of the US forces in Darzab district.
A statement by Shaheen Corps said the airstrike was carried out at least 11:58 am local time in Sar Dara area of Darzab on Thursday.
The statement further added that another member of the terror group was also killed in the airstrike but there are no words regarding his identity.
In the meantime, Shaheen Corps said the terror group has appointed Mawlavi Habibur Rehman as the new leader of the group to replace Qari Hekmatyar.
According to Shaheen Corps, Mawlavi Rahman is orignally a resident of the Sholgar district of northern Balkh province.
The anti-government armed and terrorist groups including ISIS group has not commented regarding the report so far.
Qari Hekmat was killed in a drone strike on Thursday afternoon in the Darz Aab district of Afghanistan's northern Jawzjan province, said Hanif Rezaee, spokesman for the Afghan National Army Air Corps.
|ISIS suffer heavy casualties in AAF airstrikes in Jawzjan province|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Militants affiliated with the of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group suffered heavy casualties during the s conducted by the Afghan Air Force in northern Jawzjan province.|
The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North said the airstrikes were carried out in the vicinity of the restive Darzab district.
The source further added that the were targeted in Qazal Qeshlaq, Darya Khana, and Pesta Bazar areas of the district.
According to Shaheen Corps, at least ten were killed and five others were during the airstrikes.
This comes as the local officials said Tuesday that ISIS launched a coordinated attack on security posts in Darzab district late on Monday night.