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IS hopes to emulate its precursor jihadist organizations, which were able to weather the military defeats inflicted on them by U.S. forces during the 2007-08 Surge.

"Islamic State is claiming to have attacked and captured a volatile district from the rival Taliban in eastern Afghanistan."

Continue on for a rundown in a question-and-answer format about how IS operates in Afghanistan.

The Taliban has unleashed its annual so-called “spring offensive” in Afghanistan, saying it will mainly target foreign “occupation” troops to force them to quit the country.

Soldiers on board were Taliban militants, disguised in ANA uniforms with fake identification cards. Inside the first vehicle, there was a wounded soldier who was pleading for urgent care.

Defense Secretary Mattis has arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit to discuss the country’s security situation with political and military leaders.