- publish: 2 April 2016
- time: 10:26 am
- category: Security&Crime
- No: 3713
Daesh claims to have shot down US drone in Nangarhar
The loyalists of the Daesh (ISIS) terrorist group in Afghanistan have claimed to have shot down a drone aircraft in eastern Nangarhar province.
According to the photographs posted by the loyalists of the terror group in social media, the drone seems to be of surveillance type. According to Khaama press.
However, the authenticity of the photographs could not be independently verified as the terror group claims the drone belongs to US forces in Afghanistan.
They have also claimed that the drone was downed in Achin district of Nangarhar which was once a stronghold of the terror group in east.
This comes as the US forces in Afghanistan have intensified air campaign against the terror group in Afghanistan with reports suggesting the US Air Force dropped 251 bombs and missiles during the months of January and February this year.
The intensified airstrikes followed shortly after the Obama administration granted more authority to the US forces to target the loyalists of the terror group in Afghanistan.
The move by Obama administration followed amid concerns that the terror group was gaining foothold in the country amid efforts to consolidate operations with the militants in Syria and Iraq.
The coalition officials had earlier estimated around 1,000 to 3,000 Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan are trying to establish a base of operations in the rugged mountains of Nangahar Province.
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