UN envoy says Islamic State now appears to be present in all Afghan provinces

A Taliban fighter guards the site of an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, on November 17, 2021. REUTERS / Ali Khara

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (Reuters) – The UN envoy to Afghanistan said Wednesday that the Islamic State federation in the country has expanded its operations and now “appears to be present in all provinces.”

UN Special Representative Deborah Lyons told the UN Security Council that the Taliban’s response was “worrying as it appears to be heavily dependent on extrajudicial killings and killings” of suspected members of the Islamic State-Khorasan province.

Reporting by Jonathan Landay

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