Islamic State militants have seized cave complexes in Afghanistan’s Tora Bora

Vastavam web: Islamic State militants have seized a new stronghold in Tora Bora caves along Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan.Afghan officials say Islamic State militants have seized cave complexes in Tora Bora, after days of fighting against Taliban who had been based there.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid acknowledged that Islamic State forces had managed to capture several villages, but he denied that they had seized Tora Bora.General John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has vowed to defeat Islamic State there this year, and in April used one of the largest conventional bombs ever dropped in combat to target a cave complex used by Islamic State in the nearby district of Achin.

“We are in Tora Bora but this is not the end,” Khorasani said. “The plan is to take more territory from the government and the Taliban.”The fighting has sent hundreds of families fleeing, said Malek Tor, a tribal elder who put the number of Islamic State fighters in the area in the hundreds.”No matter where they are, there is no safe haven for them in Afghanistan,” the official said in a statement. “We will continue toward our goal of defeating ISIS-K in Afghanistan this year Khorasani said.