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Islamic State gaining ground in Afghanistan: UN

An image made available on the jihadist website Welayat Salahuddin on June 11, 2014 allegedly shows Islamic State group militants posing with the trademark Jihadists flag after they seized an Iraqi army checkpoint in Salahuddin provinceThe Islamic State group is making inroads in Afghanistan, winning over a growing number of sympathizers and recruiting followers in 25 of the country’s 34 provinces, a UN report said Friday. The jihadist group, which controls large areas of Syria and Iraq, has been trying to establish itself in Afghanistan, challenging the Taliban on their own turf. Afghan security forces told UN sanctions monitors that about 10 percent of the Taliban insurgency are IS sympathizers, according to the report by the UN’s Al-Qaeda monitoring team.

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