According to Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for Nangarhar province’s provincial governor, “they were attempting to move an IED (improvised explosive device) to a crowded area of Achin, but it went off before they reached the planned place.”
A statement from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense said the militants were attempting to transport the device from the Mazdaki area of Achin District near the Pakistani border, to Shedil Bazar, in the same district, when it detonated prematurely, reports the Khaama Press in Afghanistan.
The Islamic State’s presence in Afghanistan has faced strong resistance from both security forces and the Taliban, with most of its estimated 1,000 - 3,000 members believed to be former Taliban fighters.
Additionally, American commanders in Afghanistan have stepped up their attacks against ISIS targets in Afghanistan.
Following an Islamic State attack on the Pakistani consulate in the Jalalabad, Pakistan, on Jan.14, President Barack Obama gave U.S. commanders the authority to strike Islamic State targets inside of Afghanistan, reports the Washington Post.
Since that time, the U.S. has increased its air strikes in Afghanistan, with U.S. warplanes engaging enemy forces 128 times in January 2016. Roughly 20 air strikes were directed at Islamic State targets in late January and early February of this year, Reuters reports.
Army Staff Sgt. Albert Leon Mampre, who served during World War II with the famed Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division depicted in the HBO series 'Band of Brothers,' was laid to rest on June 15th, the Army announced
Mampre, who died on May 31 at 97 years old, was the last living medic from Easy Company, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. A number of soldiers assigned to his unit provided an honor guard for his funeral service.
NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands (Reuters) - Three Russians and a Ukrainian will face murder charges for the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine which killed 298 people, in a trial to start in the Netherlands next March, an investigation team said on Wednesday.
The suspects are likely to be tried in absentia, however, as the Netherlands has said Russia has not cooperated with the investigation and is not expected to hand anyone over.
"These suspects are seen to have played an important role in the death of 298 innocent civilians", said Dutch Chief Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke.
"Although they did not push the button themselves, we suspect them of close cooperation to get the (missile launcher) where it was, with the aim to shoot down an airplane."
A Navy SEAL sentenced to one year in prison for the death of Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar is under investigation for allegedly flirting with Melgar's widow while using a false name and trying to persuade her that he and another SEAL accused of killing her husband were "really good guys," according to the Washington Post.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — The trial of Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher officially kicked off on Tuesday with the completion of jury selection, opening statements, and witness testimony indicating that drinking alcohol on the front lines of Mosul, Iraq in 2017 seemed to be a common occurrence for members of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon.
Government prosecutors characterized Gallagher as a knife-wielding murderer who not only killed a wounded ISIS fighter but shot indiscriminately at innocent civilians, while the defense argued that those allegations were falsehoods spread by Gallagher's angry subordinates, with attorney Tim Parlatore telling the jury that "this trial is not about murder. It's about mutiny."