Afghan air strike kills 41 suspect ISIS loyalists in Nangarhar province

Afghan air strike kills 41 suspect ISIS loyalists in Nangarhar province

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-04-16 13:05 Kabul: At least forty-one suspect loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have been killed in an Afghan airstrike in eastern Nangarhar province in Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the airstrike was carried out in Achin district around on Thursday night, reports TOLO News. This comes as both the Afghan and United States forces in Afghanistan have stepped up operations against the loyalists of the terror group amid concerns that they are trying to expand foothold in the country. The US Air Force dropped 251 bombs and missiles targeting mainly the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in Afghanistan during the months of January and February. Although Afghan forces still depend heavily on US air power for both logistics and close combat support, the local air force has been building up its strength as more pilots and air crew qualify and more aircraft are delivered. Afghanistan's fledgling air force has been building up its capacity since the withdrawal of the NATO-led coalition from most combat operations in 2014.(ANI)