Afghan officials said Friday that Afghan forces have started deploying troops to Afghanistan to fight the Islamic State group.
The country’s Ministry of Interior said in a statement that the troops will start arriving in the country next week.
The announcement came as President Ashraf Ghani announced on Saturday that the United States and its allies would send 2,000 troops to the country to help train Afghan security forces.
Afghan forces have been struggling to contain the group in recent months, and U.S. officials have long expressed doubts about the effectiveness of the Afghan army and the ability of its commanders to fight it.
However, the Afghan forces, which are fighting alongside Afghan special forces, have been on the front lines in the fight against the Islamic group.
Last month, Afghanistan’s government announced the deployment of an additional 3,500 troops to help fight the group, and Afghan officials have also been trying to reassure the world that the country is not about to fall into ISIL hands.