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UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the Islamic State extremist group remains resilient in Afghanistan despite “a high pace” of operations against it by government and international forces.

He said in a report to the Security Council circulated Monday that between mid-June and early September 183 incidents were attributed to IS militants — nearly double the 93 during the same period in 2018.

Guterres’ report was written before U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly ended efforts to reach a political settlement with the Taliban.

The report says Afghanistan’s “volatile security situation is highly concerning.” It cites direct threats to the presidential election scheduled for Sept. 28 “that may discourage many Afghans from voting.”

Guterres called on the Taliban and armed groups “to desist from threatening or targeting electoral staff, candidates or voters.”

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