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IS Takes Control of ‘Tora Bora’, Once Bin Laden’s Hideout

(Last Updated On: June 14, 2017)

The Islamic State (IS)-Daesh group takes the control of Tora Bora, the strategic mountainous area of Nangarhar province that was once Osama Bin Laden’s hideout and changes it to the center of organizing its activities, a number of Afghan Parliament Members claimed on Wednesday.

Tora Bora known locally as White Mountain is a cave complex, part of the White Mountains of eastern Afghanistan which is situated in the Pachir Aw Agam District of Nangarhar.

It was reported that in 2007, U.S. intelligence suspected Osama bin Laden planned to meet with top Al Qaeda and Taliban commanders at Tora Bora prior to the launch of a possible attack on Europe or the United States of America.

Afghan lawmakers voiced deep concern over increase of IS recruiting and activities in Nangarhar, calling on government to take serious measures regarding this issue.

“Daesh changed Tora Bora to the center of its activities to influence to other parts of the provinces,” said Allah Gul Mujahed, Parliament Member.

Representative of Kandahar, Zahir Qadir said, “there are thousands of IS fighters in Ehsarat, Khogyani and Azrah districts who are recruiting there.”

Representative of Maidan Wardak, Ghulam Hussain Naseri also said, “The expansion of Daesh activities in eastern provinces of the country is very dangerous and will have negative impacts on the central government.”

The chairman of the Lower House, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi also considered the concerns people over activities of Daesh understandable. “The security and defensive committee should visit the province and bring the evidences and documents that we share them with people.”

The concerns express as the US has recently dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat in Achin district of Nangarhar province on a series of caves used by the Islamic State group.

By: Muhammad ZackArya

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