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MoI rejects UN report on Daesh’s presence in 25 provinces

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday dismissed the recent report of United Nation (UN) regarding Islamic State (IS), known also as Daesh, as groundless.

The report said that Daesh has been making inroads in Afghanistan and recruiting members in 25 provinces in the country.

The UN in its latest report said that up to 70 Daesh fighters have made its way to Afghanistan from Iraq and Syria to gain a foothold in the war-weary country. The UN’s al-Qaeda Monitoring Team in the report said that extremist group of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), aka Daesh, is recruiting members in 25 of the country’s 34 provinces.

Interior Ministry, spokesman, Seddiq Seddqi rejected the UN reports and said that based on intelligence report Daesh footprints have been seen in Helmand and Nangarhar provinces.

He said that an IS commander was killed in Kajaki district of Helmand province and Afghan security forces have been making their last-ditch efforts to uproot this new terror group.

He said that several military operations had been conducted in different districts of Nangarhar province in the last three months whereas around 300 Daesh fighters were killed.

Currently a military operation “Iron Triangle” is ongoing against Daesh fighters in different districts of Nangarhar province, he said.

He furthered that most Daesh fighters are Taliban who downed white flag and rose up black flags and start functioning under the name of Daesh in some parts of the country.

Seddiqi termed Daesh as a threat, but said that National Security Council has approved a security strategy to fight Daesh and Afghan security forces would stand united to tame their activities across the country.

He stated that legal action would be taken against those who have been preaching for Daesh.

Abdul Hai Aakhundzada, Deputy of Internal Security Committee of the Parliament termed Daesh as a big threat for Afghanistan and Central Asian states.

He said that there is no IS fighters from Iraq and Syria, rather it is a fake Daesh group is operating in Afghanistan.

He furthered that the government should take strong measures and must enlist peoples’ support to fight Daesh.

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