Afghan intelligence officers have foiled a plot by the Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS) terrorist group to assassinate the highest US envoy in Kabul and different officers, the Nationwide Directorate of Safety (NDS) mentioned on Tuesday.
4 individuals allegedly comprising an IS cell have been arrested after planning to kill the US Chargé d’Affaires within the Afghan capital, Ross Wilson, who has criticized the latest killings of politicians, activists and journalists throughout the nation.
“The primary murderer and facilitator of the cell, Abdul Wahed, had deliberate to assassinate the US ambassador in Afghanistan, in addition to some excessive rating Afghan officers,” the NDS mentioned in a press release concerning the arrests.
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Individually, on Tuesday three feminine Afghan troopers have been shot lifeless on their technique to work within the metropolis of Mazar-i-Sharif.
Final week, the spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan, Colonel Sonny Leggett, blamed the latest wave of killings within the nation on the Taliban, whereas a number of the assaults have been claimed by IS.
Reuters reported on Monday that the Pentagon was persevering with with plans to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan regardless of the surge in violence and US laws prohibiting additional decreases in personnel with out Congress first being issued an evaluation of the dangers.
The Pentagon mentioned it goals to chop the variety of troops from 4,500 to 2,500 by January 15.
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