File - In this Dec. 28, 2001 file photo, an Afghan farmer works on his field, on the outskirts of the village of Madakhel in northeastern Afghanistan, near the mountain region of Tora Bora which is seen in the background. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)
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Daesh (ISIS) militants, under pressure from Afghan and U.S. forces, have seized a new stronghold in Tora Bora, a mountainous area dotted with caves along Afghanistan's border with Pakistan, officials said Thursday.Now Afghan officials say Daesh militants have seized cave complexes in Tora Bora, after days of fighting against Taliban who had been based there.Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has vowed to defeat Daesh there this year, and in April used one of the largest conventional bombs ever dropped in combat to target a cave complex used by Daesh in the nearby district of Achin.Abu Omar Khorasani, a Daesh commander in Afghanistan, told Reuters that his fighters had seized Tora Bora and were also battling government troops, who are backed by U.S. ground troops and aircraft.
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