AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The commander of the US-led international forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson has said that militants loyal to the Islamic State, which also known as Deash terrorist in Afghanistan are mainly ex-Pakistani members, and the group receive money, guidance, and communication support from IS leaders in Syria.
He added that the US and Afghan military have killed many IS leaders and members in recent months and that they are in fewer Afghan areas than they previously were, holding only three to four districts now compared to 10 one year ago.
Moreover, he added that the Taliban controls about 10 percent of the country and the Islamist extremist group is battling with government troops for control of at least another 20 percent.
Army General John Nicholson also said at the Pentagon in Washington on September 23 that, separately, there are up to 1,300 Islamic State (IS) militants in Afghanistan.
He said Afghanistan is paying a high cost in casualties in its difficult fight against Islamist groups.
Nicholson said many of the Afghan deaths are occurring at checkpoints, adding that many Afghan troops are not properly commanded, are ill-equipped, and poorly trained.
He said the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan will help Afghans expand their control within the country and improve the quality of their forces.
Furthermore, he termed peace deal between government and Hizb-e-Islami (HIA) an “encouraging” step in the efforts to resolve the country’s conflict.
“This is positive in the sense that this represents a group that is residing largely outside of Afghanistan that is now reaching a reconciliation agreement with the government which will eventually involve a reintegration into Afghan society,” Army General John Nicholson told reporters at the Pentagon.
“This is one of the most important steps we see towards an eventual resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan,” Nicholson said.
It is crystal fact that Pakistan has been supporting all form of insurgents, including Daesh militants in order to further destabilize Afghanistan.
There are plenty of proves that Pakistan was involved in deadly attacks in Kabul that killed and wounded dozens of people.
To support Daesh militants, Pakistan can to any level, previously, two Pakistani women, loyal to the Islamic State known as Daesh, were arrested in eastern Nangarhar province, officials said, as they were transferring classified documents to the group.
The National Security and Defense Forces arrested the suspected women in Kot district, provincial government’s media office said in that time.
The seized documents contained information how to make explosive devices and other weapons, the source said.
There is no denying to the fact that Pakistan intelligence agency is making all out efforts to strengthen the foothold of Daesh group in Afghanistan.
The arrest of two Pakistani women, loyal to Daesh is the clear indication of Pakistan’s support to the group. The Afghan officials always pointed out blame finger toward Pakistan and its role for igniting war in Afghanistan. It is also proved that Pakistan providing safe hideouts to the Taliban, as all high-profile Taliban leaders were killed there.