In Afghanistan , government forces, backed by US airstrikes, have ramped up an offensive against the Islamic State group in Nangrahar province.

This has been stated by an Afghan defence ministry spokesman in Kabul.

Meanwhile, the Afghan troops are said to have seized large parts of the mountainous district of Kot which is a key IS stronghold where they have set up training camps.

A US military spokesman said the group has been confined to two or three districts in Nangarhar.

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