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Afghan forces wrest back control of Tora Bora

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Afghan forces wrest back control of Tora Bora

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Jun 19, 2017 - 14:22

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Security forces reclaimed the Tora Borainfo-icon cave complex in the Pachiragam district of eastern Nangarhar province from the Islamic State (IS), an official said on Monday.

Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman told Pajhwok Afghan News the security forces reached the mountain peaks and recaptured the area from Daesh. The forces were advancing on Alefkhel and Markhanikhel villages.

Brig. Gen. Mohammad Naseem Sangin, commander of the Selab Military Corps’ 4th unit, said the security forces were in high morale and Daesh militants had lost the courage.

Malak Tor, a tribal elder, confirmed the security forces had reached the Tora Bora valley and cleared majority of the area of insurgents.

Some families had returned to their homes while security forces barred other displaced houselds from coming back because a clearing operation was under way, he explained.

A few days back, Daesh captured the strategic area from the Talibaninfo-icon. Huge caves and tunnel exist in the area a redoubt of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at one point in the war.

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