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Taliban say forces destroy Islamic State cell hours after Kabul blast

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By Gibran Naiyyar Peshimam KABUL (Reuters) -Taliban government forces destroyed an Islamic State cell in the north of Kabul late on Sunday in a prolonged assault that broke the calm of a normally quiet area of the capital with hours of explosions and gunfire, officials and local residents said. With Afghanistan’s economy close to collapse and large areas of the country in danger of famine, the presence of an apparently well-armed militant cell in Kabul underlined the daunting scale of the challenge facing the new government. The Taliban operation came after a bomb attack near a mosque in Kabul…

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