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A French woman fighting for the Islamic State armed group in Afghanistan has been detained. Officials say the woman was captured during a military operation Thursday night in an IS stronghold.

According to a statement from the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s Spy Agency, the French woman was arrested during “a joint operation between NDS and Afghan Special Forces” in the northern province of Jowzjan. Five Afghan men were also detained, while six IS fighters were killed.

Afghan officials did not clarify how they identified the woman’s nationality and provided no further details about her background.

Provincial police Chief Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani told reporters that US forces were also involved in Thursday’s operation. He said Afghan and US forces took the woman into custody, which was confirmed by the provincial governor’s spokesman Reza Ghafoori.

Disrupting IS

The capture comes amid fears that IS militants fleeing Syria and Iraq are finding their way to Afghanistan.

Afghan and US Special Forces have ramped up airstrikes and ground offensives against IS fighters in Jowzjan in recent months, which the Americans say have “disrupted” the group’s capacity to use foreign fighters.

In January, Afghan forces caught the group’s recruter. According to a NATO statement published on Thrusday, his two successors were killed two months later in a US airstrike. Read More …

 

 

The capture comes amid fears that IS militants fleeing Syria and Iraq are finding their way to Afghanistan. Afghan and US Special Forces have ramped up airstrikes and ground offensives against IS fighters in Jowzjan in recent months, which the Americans say have “disrupted” the group’s capacity to use foreign fighters. In January, Afghan forces caught the group’s recruter. According to a NATO statement published on Thrusday, his two successors were killed two months later in a US airstrike. In January, Afghan forces caught the group’s recruter. According to a NATO statement published on Thrusday, his two successors were killed two months later in a US airstrike.