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Islamic State launches Voice of the Caliphate radio station in Afghanistan

By
Andrew V. Pestano
The Islamic State has launched an anti-government radio station called the Voice of the Caliphate in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province in an effort to recruit militants. Islamic State fighters also recently took over new territory in Nangarhar, causing many to flee their homes. File photo Forest Run/Shutterstock
The Islamic State has launched an anti-government radio station called the Voice of the Caliphate in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province in an effort to recruit militants. Islamic State fighters also recently took over new territory in Nangarhar, causing many to flee their homes. File photo Forest Run/Shutterstock

JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The Islamic State has launched an anti-government radio station called the Voice of the Caliphate in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province in an effort to recruit militants.

Officials have so far been unable to determine the location from where the station is broadcast, but government officials and residents have said it can be heard in Jalalabad.

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Islamic State fighters recently took over new territory in Nangarhar, causing many to flee their homes, Radio Free Europe reported.

The radio station calls on young Muslims to fight against the government and to join the ranks of the Islamic State. The conflict-stricken Nangarhar province shares its border with Pakistan.

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"It is clear they have their own radio and I think it is broadcasting on 90FM and doing too much anti-government propaganda," Nasir Kamawal, a Nangarhar provincial council member, told TOLO News.

Fridon Khan Momand, a member of parliament, said the "radio will have a negative impact on us Muslims and the new generation and youth."

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Government officials said they were working to bringing the radio station down. Nangarhar provincial governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said the station is "broadcasting from across the border."

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