FILE - In this Wednesday, May 31, 2017 file photo, security forces inspect the site of a massive suicide attack, that killed over 150 according to the Afghan president, in front of the German Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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A letter drafted by a senior Daesh (ISIS) militant and obtained by the Associated Press points to a growing power struggle within the group's Afghan affiliate, pitting notoriously fierce Uzbek fighters against Pakistanis seen as too close to that country's powerful intelligence service.The letter, obtained by a militant fighter with ties to the Daesh affiliate and then provided to AP, was signed by Moawiya Uzbekistani, the apparent nom de guerre of an Uzbek militant, who claims to have become the leader of the Daesh affiliate after the death of Abdul Hasib, who was killed in a joint U.S.-Afghan operation in April.Militants belonging to allied groups said Central Asian fighters as well as Afghans want the leadership of the group taken out of Pakistani hands, even though the founder of Daesh in Afghanistan, Hafiz Saeed Khan, was a Pakistani tribesman.Dubnov also noted that the son of Tahir Yuldashev, the powerful Uzbek leader of the outlawed Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, who was killed in a U.S. missile strike in Pakistan in 2009, is leading efforts to help expand Daesh influence in Afghanistan.
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