General John Nicholson, the top US commander in Afghanistan, has vowed to defeat Islamic State there this year, and in April used one of the largest conventional bombs ever dropped in combat to target a cave complex used by Islamic State in the nearby district of Achin."After Achin, Daesh was looking for a second stronghold and now they have it", Wali said.Abu Omar Khorasani, an Islamic State commander in Afghanistan, told Reuters that his fighters had seized Tora Bora and were also battling government troops, who are backed by USA ground troops and aircraft.
Afghan Defense Ministry's spokesman Daulat Waziri would not say whether IS was in complete control of Tora Bora.
"US Forces-Afghanistan has confirmed the death of the ISIS-K [Daesh - Khorasan] senior director of media production, Jawad Khan".
Officials in Nangarhar province said that several hundred Isis militants had launched an assault and were now thought to control most of the subterranean maze, in the mountainous east of Afghanistan.
The militants now have an easily defended base at Tora Bora, Ali said, as well as access to many other parts of Nangarhar province through the Spin Ghar mountains along the Pakistan border, where Tora Bora sits.
Visiting the troops on the frontline in the Chaparhar district close to strategic Tora Bora, Gen. Mohammad Zaman, commander of the Afghan National Army's 201st Silab Corps, said that around 700 militants of the terror group were killed in the past three months alone during ongoing Hamza operations.
The tunnels of Tora Bora were built by the Taliban with the U.S. help during the Soviet-Afghan war (1979-89), and later served as an Al Qaeda and the Taliban stronghold during the 2001 U.S. invasion.
Local residents are angry at the Taliban and the Afghan government for allowing ISIS to take control of Tora Bora. "No one has advanced in the area".
ISIS militants in Afghanistan have apparently been undeterred by the "Mother of All Bombs" that the U.S. "ISIS has a stronghold and will capture these areas one after another", he said. Al-Qaida's No. 2 and bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, took over the terror network. "Now they will find financial resources for themselves, and then it will be very hard to push them out of Tora Bora", Tor said.
Attacks in the mountain range began late Tuesday night, according to a spokesman in Nangarhar, Attahullah Khgyani, cited by The Guardian.