Former Afghan Taliban militants are photographed holding weapons before they hand them over as part of a government peace and reconciliation process at a ceremony in Kunduz on May 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Nasir Waqif
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Foreign fighters allied with ISIS are training Taliban insurgents in a restive Afghan province, an official said Friday, the first such claim as the government raises the alarm over an emerging ISIS threat.The Middle Eastern group has never formally acknowledged a presence in Afghanistan and most self-styled ISIS insurgents in the country are believed to be Taliban turncoats rebranding themselves to appear as a more lethal force.Last month hundreds of militants came within six kilometers (3.7 miles) of Kunduz city just hours after the Taliban launched their annual spring offensive, in the most serious threat to any provincial capital since the U.S.-led 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.President Ghani has warned that ISIS poses a serious threat to regional security, warning that the group was more than lethal than Al-Qaeda.
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