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ISIS captures Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Afghanistan

ISIS captures Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Afghanistan
ISIS terrorists groups have seized a giant cave stronghold from the Taliban which was once Osama bin Laden’s hideout in the early 2000s, RT News quoted Afghan officials as confirming Thursday.

The complex, called Tora Bora, still has strategic and symbolic importance.

ISIS claimed its militias have already captured Tora Bora. An audio message broadcast on the jihadists’ Radio Khilafat late on Wednesday claimed that the battle is over. 

Later in the day, Afghan officials acknowledged the seizure of Tora Bora.

"Those areas around Tora Bora were a Taliban stronghold, but now Daesh (ISIS)militants captured them during fighting," Shah Wali, a local police commander said.   

After capturing the nearby district of Achin, ISIS has been looking for a second stronghold, he added.

Meanwhile, the Taliban, which controlled the cave complex before the ISIS offensive, said the terrorist group had managed to gain control over adjacent villages, but denied the loss of Tora Bora.

ISIS launched an assault on Tora Bora late on Tuesday night, Attahullah Khogyani, a provincial official in Nangarhar said and the terrorist group had seized the vicinity around the mountain stronghold by Wednesday.

“I can confirm that the ISIS fighters occupied some areas around Tora Bora, but not Tora Bora itself,” said Khogyani. 

There has been no statement from the US command or the Kabul government so far.

At least 12 Taliban militias were killed in the firefight, Hazrat Ali, a Nangarhar lawmaker, confirmed. “Based on our information from local people, hundreds of Isis fighters (ISIS terror group)attacked Taliban militants in Tora Bora,” Ali said.

ISIS  has also taken control of many hilltops overlooking Tora Bora, and even installed heavy artillery on their summits, said Shirin Agha Faqiri, a spokesman for the Afghan army corps stationed in eastern Nangarhar.

ISIS’s capture of the Tora Bora cave complex on Wednesday may be an important victory for the terrorist group in its fight against its terrorist rival, the Taliban.

Over the past years, ISIS's branch in Afghanistan has gained ground in some of the country’s provinces, taking sizable swaths of land from its terrorist foe, the Taliban.

Last Modified: Thursday، 15 June 2017 03:08 PM