Daesh’s Khorasan branch is active in some parts of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar and Kunar provinces, but Jawzjan, Farah, Zabul and Helmand also witness the group’s activity.
In a statement, the United Nations said that the militant group has carried out dozens of terror attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“In accordance with paragraph 13 of resolution 1822 (2008) and subsequent related resolutions, the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee makes accessible a narrative summary of reasons for the listing for individuals, groups, undertakings and entities included in the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List,” the UNSC said in the statement.
The UN statement also states Daesh’s Khorasan branch (ISIL-K) has carried out numerous attacks since its formation in Nangarhar, Kabul and some other provinces of Afghanistan.
Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs says they hope that this process will continue so that no terror group is able to operate freely.
“All groups which are fighting against the brave Afghan security forces, in our perspective, they are terrorists, and those which have a role in destabilizing Afghanistan are also terrorists. We welcome the move by the UN to put the terrorists on its backlists and we hope that this process will continue so that no terror group is able to operate freely,” said Sibghatullah Ahmadi, spokesman to Afghan Foreign Ministry.
In past, Afghanistan was a good place for colonialists and foreign plotters of the region. Experience has proven that the country has been as a lab for foreign fighters and witnessed dreadful and dire incidents. During the past 17 years, the country has also experienced unpleasant presence of foreign terrorists fighting against the people and government.
But, presence of Daesh is considered as the worst experience of the country. Although the group is not able to launch big attacks on districts and provinces of the country, it focuses on organizing deadly suicide attacks on civilians, civil and military institutions of the country. They are mostly active in the country’s east.
What the group wants in Afghanistan and the region? It is believed that Daesh’s last destination is not Afghanistan. The respective terrorist group wants to reach beyond Afghan borders as countries in central Asia and pose increasing threats to the countries of the Central Asia.
Daesh fighters are supported by powers in the region and currently under trained in some parts of Pakistan. The group recruits its fighters from former experienced fighters of the Taliban group so that they can pose serious threats to the region. It is worth mentioning that continued military operations conducted by the Afghan national defense and security forces with air support of Afghan and NATO air forces in Nangarhar have unprecedentedly declined presence of Daesh fighters as most of safe havens and training centers of the group have been destroyed in the province during the past two years.