On September 7, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed that ISIS fighters repelled an attack of NATO forces and the Afghan Army in Nangarhar province in southeastern Afghanistan.
Amaq claimed that NATO helicopters evacuated many injured soldiers from the battlefield. Furthermore, Amaq said that ISIS fighters shelled positions of the Afghan Army and NATO forces with mortars after repelling the attack.
On September 5, a suicide attacker of the Taliban attacked one of the gates of the Bagram Air Base – one of the biggest US bases in Afghanistan. According to the US Army the attack resulted in a “small number of casualties.”
The Taliban said that the attack was an answre for an “anti-Islam” leaflet that was dropped by US-led coalition aircraft over Parwan province.
The leaflet featured a lion running after a white dog with the Islamic Shahada on it. The Islamic Shahada is considered one of the most holy roles and symbols in Islam, and it is a part of the Taliban flag.
On September 7, the US Army in Afghanistan officially apologized for what it said is an “image highly offensive to both Muslims and the religion of Islam” hinting to the leaflet. The leaflet was criticized and condemned by many Afghan officials including a Parwan province governor.
Even after spending over 16 years in Afghanistan the US Army is still unable to understand even the simplest things about the country like the local culture of the Afghan people.