43 ISIS and Taliban join peace processAt least 43 militants including loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group renounced violence and surrendered to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the militants belonged to 4 groups led by militant commanders Mohammad Ayoub, Mohammad Wali and Juma Baz.

A statement by NDS said the militants were conducting insurgency activities in Achin, Nazian, and Ghani Khel districts before they surrendered to the Afghan forces.

The statement further added that the militants opted to join peace process amid ongoing operations which have considerably weakened the capabilities of the militant groups fighting the Afghan forces.

The Taliban militants and ISIS loyalists have not commented regarding the report so far.

Both Taliban insurgents and ISIS loyalists are actively operating in a number of the remote districts of Nangarhar province inclding the restive Achin and Nazian districts.

The surrender of the militants in the mentioned districts comes as the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces are busy conducting a major counter-terrorism operation in this province.

The operations were launched more than two weeks ago in Kot district to eliminate the loyalists of ISIS terrorist group who were attemtpign to expand operations in this province.