40 Afghan militants killed; militants recruit children in Ghor, Nangarhar

Staff Report

KABUL -- Afghan and coalition forces recently killed at least 40 militants throughout Afghanistan, while authorities accuse insurgents of recruiting children in Ghor and Nangarhar provinces.

A recent air strike in Achin District, Nangarhar Province, killed at least 18 members of the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL), provincial police said September 28, according to Khaama Press. The dead ISIL members included a commander and a shadow judge.

Recent overnight air strikes in Giru District, Ghazni Province, killed 16 militants, provincial police said September 28, according to Pajhwok Afghan News.

Troops recently killed six Taliban in Helmand Province, security officials said, according to a September 28 Pajhwok Afghan News report.

Meanwhile, the Taliban are busy recruiting children to fight security forces, the Afghanistan Times reported September 28, quoting officials.

The government has evidence, including documents, proving that the Taliban recruit children in Ghor Province, provincial human rights chief Zabiullah Jawad told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Provincial governor's spokesman Abdulhai Khatibi confirmed Jawad's contention.

ISIL is recruiting children in Nangarhar Province, the Afghanistan Times reported, quoting Achin District tribal elder Haji Azim Khan.

Meanwhile, a land mine September 28 in Pul-i-Alam, Logar Province, killed two brothers, Logar governor's spokesman Salim Saleh said, according to Pajhwok Afghan News. The brothers were children.

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