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    Militants Reportedly Kill Villagers Taken From Ghor Province

    Where do their loyalties lie? Afghan officials have identified the insurgents who abducted 33 people yesterday — and reportedly killed at least 20 of them today — as a former Taliban group that’s now sworn allegiance to ISIS. The Taliban have also been increasing their attacks in Afghanistan recently, but Ghor, one of the country’s poorest provinces, has largely been left alone due to its inhospitable terrain. Some are postulating that the killings are revenge for the deaths of Taliban commanders killed in battles with state forces yesterday.

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