Policemen fire from an armored vehicle during a battle with Taliban insurgents in Kunduz province, Afghanistan May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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Foreign fighters allied with ISIS are training Taliban insurgents in a volatile Afghan province, an official said Friday, and the first such claim as the government raises the alarm over an emerging ISIS threat.The governor of Kunduz, the scene of intense fighting for two weeks that has displaced thousands, has gone further by claiming that the two groups are joining forces in the northern Afghan province.The Middle Eastern group has never formally acknowledged a presence in Afghanistan and most self-styled ISIS insurgents in the country are thought to be Taliban turncoats rebranding themselves to appear a more lethal force.Last month hundreds of militants came within 6 kilometers 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.
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