Afghan Taliban insurgents are battling fighters loyal to Islamic State over control of territory in eastern Afghanistan in some of the heaviest clashes over the past year between the rival militants, officials said on Wednesday.
The fighting erupted on Monday in two districts of the eastern Afghan border province of Nangarhar, when Islamic State fighters attacked villages under Taliban control.
"Islamic State fighters have captured six villages in Khogyani and Shirzad districts but the fighting has not stopped," said Sohrab Qaderi, a member Nangarhar's the provincial council.
About 500 families had fled from the fighting, he said..............To Read More...
My Take - What's the philosophical differences between the Taliban and the Islamic State? Probably darned little, but this is the essence of Islam. A festering sore of greed and violence. Recommended reading: Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West : Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West by Raymond Ibrahim