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Taliban, IS clash in Afghanistan

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Kabul: Taliban militants confirmed the clash with the Islamic State (IS) in the southern Zabul province and suffering casualties, a statement of the armed outfit sent to the media on Wednesday said.

“Since Mansoor Dadullah joined the Daesh group in Zabul province recently and began disturbing the routine life of people there, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (name of ousted Taliban regime) launched operations against Dadullah couple of days ago and has brought the situation under control,” Xinhua quoted the statement as saying.

Normalcy has returned to Zabul and those supported Dadullah in the rebellion have surrendered, the statement further said.

Mansoor Dadullah, who reportedly is close to Taliban former leader Mullah Mohammad Omar’s family and refused to made allegiance to Taliban new leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, is yet to make a comment.

The statement of Taliban released in the wake of media reports on the eruption of fighting between supporters and opponents of Taliban’s new leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor in Khak-e-Afghan and Arghandab district of the southern Zabul province last week, which have reportedly claimed more than 100 lives from both sides.

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The Afghanistan Elections

This election saw people casting thier votes with the help of biometric systems.

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Afghan Elections
An Afghan woman shows her inked finger after casting her vote at a polling station during the Parliamentary elections in Kabul, Afghanistan.VOA

By Vishvi Gupta

Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections have been eventful with the threat of the Taliban’s attack and the constant violence and chaos that has followed and continues in the country. Out of 8.8. million registered people, 3 million people actually cast their votes in the ballot. The biggest turnout was recorded in Kabul.

The Taliban Militant have urged people not to vote since they see this process as an outsider’s attempt to further control the country. Recently, A candidate of parliamentary elections, Omar Zwak was killed in a bombing attack. The Taliban has since claimed the responsibility of this and many other explosions.

These are the first parliamentary elections since 2010 in Afghanistan that has been half seized by the Taliban. The US-backed government is full of corruption and the citizens of the country do not expect a fair election.

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An Afghan woman casts her vote during parliamentary elections at a polling station in Kabul, Afghanistan. VOA

The United Nations have urged people to vote and exercise their ‘constitutional right to vote’. This election also saw people casting their votes with the help of biometric systems that posed a definite obstruction in the process of voting since the trained officials didn’t show up during the voting.

The results of the poll is expected to be released in mid-November.

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