Relatives inspect the site of the suicide attack at a Shiite mosque in Herat, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Mohammad Shoib
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Attacks on the Iraqi Embassy and a Shiite mosque in Afghanistan have reinforced fears that Daesh (ISIS) militants are seeking to bring the group's Middle East conflict to Central Asia, though evidence of fighters relocating from Iraq and Syria remains elusive.While foreign fighters have long been present in Afghanistan, there is growing concern that militants from Arab countries have left the fighting in Syria as pressure on Daesh there grows, and are arriving in Afghanistan through Iran.The United States, which first came to Afghanistan in 2001 after Al-Qaeda's attacks on New York and Washington, is considering sending more troops to Afghanistan, partly to ensure the country does not become a haven for foreign militant groups. Afghan officials say newly arrived foreign fighters have been heavily involved in fighting in Nangarhar province, Daesh's main stronghold in Afghanistan, where they have repeatedly clashed with the Taliban.What little contact is possible with fighters loyal to Daesh in Afghanistan suggests that the movement itself is keen to encourage the idea that foreign militants are joining its ranks.
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