FILE PHOTO: An Afghan man picks up a phone belonging to a victim after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan July 23, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/File photo
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ISIS is threatening more attacks against Afghanistan's Hazara minority after Saturday's suicide blasts in Kabul that killed 80 people, pledging to retaliate against support by some in the mainly Shi'ite group for the Assad regime in Syria.But assessing the threat from ISIS is difficult. Nevertheless, Saturday's attack by ISIS on the Shi'ite minority adds a dangerous complication to the war the Western-backed government in Kabul has been fighting with Taliban insurgents.On the Pakistani side of the border, many ISIS fighters operating in Afghanistan are from the Orakzai tribe that have also been hit hard by the Pakistani military, according to an Afghan security report seen by Reuters.According to Afghanistan's interior ministry, 654 ISIS and Taliban fighters, including several senior commanders, have been killed in Nangarhar province in the last two months.Government and coalition officials insist however that ISIS is being hit hard.
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