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Editorial: Daesh still a big threat

Nearly two decades after a US-led military campaign toppled the Taliban regime for hosting al-Qaeda, the ultra-radical Islamic State (IS), also known as Daesh extremist group is a major threat with launching attacks inside and outside the country. Taliban are also yet to be demolished completely, rather the US signed a peace deal with the group, paving the way for intra-Afghan talks. Daesh affiliates are described as a problem to all countries. The group’s loyalists conducted deadly attacks across the world besides Afghanistan. After Syria and Iraq, the European Union countries also suffered a lot. Many deadly attacks happened there. However, in Afghanistan Daesh did not spare mosques, shrines, wedding halls, university, education centers, and other civilian places. The group is very dangerous and could pose serious threats to the region as well as to Europe and the United States of America. Certainly, Daesh lost the ability to create a caliphate in Iraq and Syria, but they definitely think of doing so in Afghanistan. Such things must be prevented from happening. Terrorist suspects linked to the Daesh group were arrested around the globe. Last year, police in Australia arrested three men in connection to a plot to attack. Another eight were arrested in the United States that were linked to the Daesh affiliate. These include an 18-year-old Texan man, Martin Azizi-Yarand, who reportedly masterminded an attack on a local mall in 2018 and was sentenced to prison for 20 years. The worrisome is that even after getting hit hard, the Daesh extremists have remained resilient and potent. Storming Kabul University, and deadly suicide attack, targeting an educational center in western parts of Kabul, is the group’s recent lethal activities that killed and wounded dozens of students. It would be poisonous and hazardous to overstate the danger posed by Daesh. The major problem of Daesh is that the group is in a clash with the culture and beliefs of the Afghan masses. The third problem is that any peace deal with the Taliban might push hard-line Taliban militants to switch allegiance to Daesh extremist, and the Afghan security forces attempt to combat it could grow more complex. Realizing the fact on the ground, NATO assures not to let Daesh to rebuild in Afghanistan “the terror caliphate”, underling importance of continued international support to the Afghan security forces to fight against international terrorism.

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