Amnesty Possible For Islamic State Fighters Surrendering In North Afghanistan Official

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Amnesty Possible For Islamic State Fighters Surrendering In North Afghanistan Official

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan – Islamic State fighters who surrendered to Afghan forces this week in the northern province of Jawzjan may be granted amnesty despite accusations of atrocities including rape and murder, officials said.

Around 150 Islamic State fighters, including two senior commanders, gave themselves up after being driven from their strongholds in Jawzjan by the Taliban after weeks of fighting.

Thousands of civilians fled the area in the districts of Darzab and Qush Tepa and many accused Islamic State fighters of multiple atrocities, giving detailed accounts of women and young girls being taken from their families, raped and, in some cases, murdered.

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