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Government calls Daesh a ‘tactical threat’ to Afghanistan

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KABUL: The National Security Council calls Daesh terrorist group as a “tactical threat” to Afghanistan that would turn into a strategic threat as it tries to attract other terrorist groups in the region.

“There are concerns that after a peace agreement with the Taliban, a huge part of the Taliban militants may join the other militant groups. So at this point, Daesh is the first and notable group, and that is why the Afghan government takes cautious steps toward Afghan peace process,” said Kabir Haqmal a spokesman for the National Security Council.

This comes as the US special representative for Afghanistan peace Zalmay Khalilzad, had earlier said that the ongoing peace negotiations needed to be accelerated to pave the ground for Daesh defeat in Afghanistan. “Now the priority must be an dignified and lasting peace and a sovereign and united Afghanistan at peace with itself and posing no threat to any other country,” Khalilzad wrote on his twitter page.

President Ghani vowed on Monday to uproot Daesh in Afghanistan.

Afghans consider Daesh as an ideological and outsider phenomenon, who was believed to enter Afghanistan from abroad.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press has cited in a report that Washington had demanded the Taliban to prevent its fighters from joining the Daesh after achieving a peace deal.

Daesh emerged in eastern Afghanistan in late 2014 and expanded presence and attacks to other areas in 2015. The terrorist group is said to have active presence in different areas including the northern provinces bordering Central Asian states.  

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