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Afghanistan Forms Special Anti-IS Force

The Afghan government has formed a special force to counter Islamic State and Taliban militants in eastern parts of the country, Acting Defense Minister Masoom Stanekzai announced Wednesday from eastern Laghman province. "The IS issue is the most important [issue], which should be hard hit," Stanekzai told VOA's Afghan service. "People are fed up with this group." The 750-person battalion will be formed largely from former Afghan soldiers. The battalion, which...

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