MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) terrorists have surrendered their weapons in Afghanistan for the first time since the group became active in the country, local authorities said.
"For the first time, 10 so-called Daesh terrorists including their two commanders, along with ammunition, have joined the Afghan government peace process," a spokesman for the governor’s office in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province said, as quoted by The Japan Times on Friday.
According to the spokesman, 14 Taliban fighters joined the surrendered Daesh terrorists.
Earlier this month, the Pentagon announced that the United States was stepping up efforts against Daesh and Taliban extremists in Afghanistan and that its pressure on the militants in the country’s eastern Nangarhar Province had recently increased.
Afghanistan has officially joined the international US-led coalition against Daesh. The decision came as Daesh terrorists expanded their presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The advances have forced Washington to give more authority to US forces to expand their mission in Afghanistan.