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Concerns over increasing presence of Daesh in northern provinces

By: Suraya Raiszada

Concerns have raised amid of increasing presence of Daesh in northern provinces of the country as local officials of the country’s northern provinces consider increasing presence of the terrorist group as serious threat for security of the northern provinces.
“Nearly 40 families of Daesh have recently relocated in Taliban control areas as Almar, Garizwan, Kohistan and some other parts of the Faryab,” said Naqibullah Fayeq, governor of Faryab.
He added that they received reports that Daesh families had links with Taliban in the respective districts; therefore, their presence could be a serious threat to northern provinces of the country.
According to governor of Faryab, Daesh fighters were providing training to Taliban fighters, while Taliban providing them with cooperation in military equipment.
Local resources also by confirming the reports in connection with increasing presence of Daesh fighters say Daesh fighters are engaged in producing hand grenades, recruitment and preaching as they have issued night messages in this regard.
“Concerns have recently increased about presence of Daesh families and their activities in some northern provinces of the country in particular Faryab,” said Asadullah Khuram, a member of Sar-e-Pul provincial council.
Afghanistan National Security Council (NSC) says a number of key commanders of the Taliban group have joined Daesh; therefore, NSC has asked the Taliban to prove its unity and declare a one-month ceasefire before starting the peace talks.
Afghanistan government has repeatedly said that it would never accept a peace agreement that paves for another war and presence of another group in the country.
Salih, a civil society activist in Jawzjan, says Daesh presence has increased in some parts of the country’s north after Daesh fighters were defeated in Syria and Iraq.
“Foreign fighters from Uzbekistan, Chechen and other Central Asian countries have gathered and have recently increased their activities in northern provinces of the country,” Salih added.
Meanwhile, officials for the ministry of defense by informing of particular preparations for addressing insecurities in some parts of the northern provinces of the country in particular Faryab said the country’s ANDSF would continue their military operations in insecure provinces of the country in particular Ghazni, Urozgan, Badakhshan, Kunduz, Faryab and Farah.
On the other hand, Afghan military experts believe that experiences have shown that armed opponent groups are always trying to destabilize the country in particular strategic provinces.
“To address increasing insecurities, the government should make further effort towards strengthening intelligence sector although the country’s Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) are now able to defend the country,” said Hadi Khalid, former deputy minister of interior.
It is worth mentioning that based on recent reports, the country’s national defense and security force have inflicted heavy casualties to armed opponent groups in various provinces of the country in particular Faryab where military operation is still ongoing.

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