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Islamic State presence confirmed in Afghanistan

By Andrew V. Pestano
Islamic State presence confirmed in Afghanistan
Flags flown by the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL) - a Sunni jihadist group. Self-proclaimed as a caliphate, it claims religious authority over Muslims worldwide. Al-Qaeda is a global militant Islamist organization. UPI/Shutterstock/Steve Allen

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The Islamic State terrorist organization has been confirmed to be operating within Afghanistan.

Lt. Gen. Murad Ali Murad, a commander of the Afghan army, said the group has been attempting to recruit soldiers, but also stated the Afghan army was prepared to deal with any enemy.

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Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse said the Taliban rejected the claim, saying "all mujahideen [self-declared holy warriors] fight under one flag."

Recently, images have circulated the internet of the Islamic State executing people who they declared homosexual by throwing them off a roof in front of a large crowd.

The Islamic State recently released at least 250 infant and elderly Yazidi people who were held in captivity for months.

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