|Thursday 19 July|
WASHINGTON (Reuters ) - The Taliban and the Da'ash organization are facing a battle for control of Afghanistan , even as the United States and its allies try to calm the situation in the war-torn country , Newsweek reported . "The Taliban has been the most powerful armed force in Afghanistan since its emergence in the south of the Asian nation in 1994, and as the US-led coalition is turning its war - seemingly untenable - against insurgents, That the threat posed by the arm of a nascent organization in Afghanistan is growing.
The magazine pointed out that "the militants of the state of Khursan - an arm in Afghanistan, a raid on Tuesday attacked the home of a leader in the province of Srebl in the north of the country, killing at least 15 gunmen were attending his funeral, was killed the previous day by armed gunmen "He said.
"Militants loyal to Khursan - a name for an ancient region that used to include Afghanistan and Pakistan - are now fighting the Taliban, " the magazine said , noting that "a stronghold of an upbeat force now exists in the eastern province of Nankarhar, but the organization's militants are deploying their campaign to the isolated northern region , Where recent weeks have witnessed a marked increase in violence in the provinces of Srebel, Gore and Faryab. "
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The United States has expanded its operations against the elements of "Da'ash" in Afghanistan as they increase their deployment from July 2016 to 2017, and US air strikes killed three successive leaders of Khursan.
The magazine said that "although the Afghan government estimated the number of armed supporters in Afghanistan in 2017 about three thousand armed, but it is difficult to know the strength of the truth," noting that "the breaks between the armed organizations in Afghanistan, such as the Taliban and other groups and open , Meaning that the members of these groups usually move from one group to another. "
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According to US military statistics, the Taliban controlled 14 percent of Afghanistan by the end of 2017. Although Khursan controls less land, its militants have carried out attacks to confirm their presence. This year, Kabul has seen many suicide attacks blamed on the organization , Including a double attack in April targeting journalists and killing at least 29 people, and Khursan province claimed responsibility for an attack on an electoral center in Kabul in April, killing 69 people.
Khursan is also in neighboring Pakistan, responsible for a suicide bombing last week that targeted an election rally that killed 149 people.