INTERVIEW: US general says Afghan IS linked to main group

The Islamic State group presence in Afghanistan is directly linked to the parent organization in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. Army general in charge of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan said on Wednesday.

Gen. John Nicholson, speaking to The Associated Press in an interview, says IS loyalists in Afghanistan have financial, communications and strategic connections with the main IS leadership based in a self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

"This franchise of Daesh is connected to the parent organization," he said, using a common alternative acronym for the Islamic State group.

"They have applied for membership, they have been accepted, they had to...