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Daesh is no more ‘a serious’ threat: MoD

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that Daesh, also known as the Islamic State in Europe, is no more a serious threat for Afghanistan.

“Daesh fighters were suppressed seriously in different provinces. This terrorist group is not a big challenge now for Afghan security forces,” said the MoD’s spokesman General Dawlat Waziri.

The spokesman said that earlier Daesh was posing a serious challenge to the government forces, and the nation was concerned over activities of the terrorist group. “Afghan forces succeeded to target hideouts of Daesh fighters in every part of the country. Last year, the security forces had killed Daesh leader Mullah Abdul Rauf in Helmand province,” he said, adding that security forces have inflicted heavy casualties on the Islamic State in Helmand and Nangarhar provinces.

However, Gen. Waziri acknowledged that the multinational terrorist organization has not been eliminated completely eliminated as Daesh fighters are involved in terror activities in Nangarhar, Helmand, Ghazni and some other parts of the country. “But this group has lost the power and strength which it had one year ago. Hundreds of Daesh fighters were killed in the past one year and now they are not a serious security challenge,” he noted.

He said that the Afghan National Army would not let Daesh to establish shelters or permanent center in the country.

The spokesman also pointed to the operations against the Taliban, saying that the air force carried out fatal strikes in different provinces to target militants. “The Taliban have lost the courage to fight face to face,” he said while using a sentence which had been long used by Afghan security officials to tell public that they are doing well on security front.

Waziri said that the Taliban attacked public places, mostly, which has been a cause of civilian casualties. “The Taliban have changed tactics recently by kidnapping passengers on highways, but Afghan forces are well-prepared to protect people across the country—in a better manner,” he added.

Presence of Daesh fighters have been noticed nearly two years ago in southern Helmand province. But latter this terrorist group made way to Nangarhar, Zabul and some other parts of Afghanistan. Most of Daesh terrorists have presence in Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province where they sustained heavy casualties in the recent military operations.

Security affairs analysts have repeatedly expressed concerns over presence of the Taliban’s facilitators in the governmental organizations, especially in security forces.

On Sunday the National Directorate of Security (NDS) has arrested the Taliban’s designated spy chief, Qari Zahir, in Baghlan province. He was recovered from a police vehicle. Two policemen were also detained for facilitating the dreaded militant leader.

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