Afghan security forces escort alleged Daesh fighters and Taliban in Jalalabad.
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French and Algerian fighters, some arriving from Syria, have joined the ranks of Daesh (ISIS) in northern Afghanistan where the militants have established new bases, multiple international and Afghan sources have warned. It is the first time that the presence of French Daesh fighters has been recorded in Afghanistan, and comes as analysts suggested foreign fighters may be heading for the war-torn country after being driven from Syria and Iraq.Mohammad Raza Ghafoori, the Jowzjan provincial governor's spokesman, said French-speaking Caucasian men and women had been seen training Daesh fighters in Darzab. He cited reports saying that around 50 children, some as young as 10, have also been recruited by the fighters.Several European services believe the fighters are arriving through Tajikistan, the source said, adding that at least one Frenchman arrested there in July said he had wanted to join Daesh in Afghanistan.The Pentagon has said Daesh numbers fewer than 1,000 in Afghanistan.
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