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Islamic State trying to recruit in Afghanistan: MoI

By Akhtar Mohammad Nikzad-KABUL: Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Saturday said the Islamic State (IS), also known as Daesh, is trying hard to find new recruits and safe havens in the country.

However, the interior minister Noorul Haq Ulomi assured that Daesh would not find ground in the country to stand on because the Afghan National Police (ANP) had already suppressed the IS fighters and the terror group was facing humiliation.

Briefing news reporters on his 100-day action plan, he said that after Pakistani army launched operation in some parts of Northern Waziristan, the insurgents with different nationalities entered into Afghanistan and trying to increase the strength by recruiting Afghans.

In the past three months during different crackdowns, launched by ANP, as many as 976 militants were killed, 509 others wounded and 133 Taliban fighters were arrested in different part of the country, he said.

Earlier, international and local media reported that Daesh started recruitment of individuals in the country to wage war against the Afghan government.

Minister of Interior said that Afghan security forces are closely monitoring the security situation, and will never allow the IS to destabilize the country through recruitment of people or establishment of safe sanctuaries.

Replying to a query regarding differences between the Taliban insurgents and Islamic State fighters in the country, he said that economical interests and ideology of the Taliban were different from Daesh. “That’s why the Taliban started resistance against the Islamic State in Afghanistan. A large number of the Taliban had not accepted leadership of Daesh,” he pointed out.

On June 2, Daesh has beheaded 10 Taliban fighters in Nangarhar province.

Regarding the current security situation, the minister said that 12 provinces are facing high-level security threats, nine other provinces face medium level threats and the remaining face normal threats. He said that provinces along the Durand Line are facing high-level threats while the northern provinces face medium-level threats.

Evaluation of the current security situation on highways, maintenance of security, prevention of anti-government elements’ entry into police force, improvement of security-related information services, supporting of border police and local police, disarming of the illegal armed people, conducting of effective joint operations with Afghan National Army and the National Directorate of Security against insurgents, exploration of ways to reduce police casualties, intensifying anti-narcotics campaigns, capacity building, prevention of violence against women and recruitment of women in police force, are major components of the minister’s 100 days action plan.

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