Following reports about Daesh and Taliban’s joining forces in Nangarhar province, the U.S Department of State has said that they are monitoring terrorist activity in Afghanistan and that they will not let Daesh and its factions establish safe havens in the country.
They also said they would see to it that the group does not secure material support in the country.
Commander of 201 Selab Corps, General Mohammad Zaman Wazir, recently said the Taliban and Daesh have in the past clashed but in the past two months, no cross-fighting has been recorded.
However, a number of Daesh commanders were recently killed in military operations, Wazir said.
“At least 23 Daesh commanders including the commander of Khurasan faction, Hafiz Saeed, were killed in foreign troops’ drone strikes and their bodies all still there,” Wazir said.
Commenting on Wazir’s statement, the U.S State Department press office director, Elizabeth Trudeau, said in an chat with media that they are aware of the reports and that they are monitoring the terrorist group’s activities in the country.
“We’re aware of the reports. We’re obviously monitoring for the presence of Daesh-affiliated individuals and groups in Afghanistan. We remain actively engaged with the government of Afghanistan, as well as our partners in the region, to deny terrorist organizations such as Daesh or their branches safe havens and material support,” she said.
The Zabul provincial council meanwhile said they are concerned about an increase in Daesh activities in parts of the province.
“Daesh rebels are active in Khak Afghan and Arghandab districts [in Zabul] where they have erected over 300 tents and are living,” said Ata Jan Haqbayan, a member of the Zabul provincial council.
However, Zabul police chief Mirwais Noorzai said they launched military operations and have eliminated Daesh fighters from the area.
“We carried out military operations in areas where Daesh had activities and we eliminated them, but in some areas they are out of security forces’ access,” Noorzai added.
The Interior Ministry meanwhile said Daesh is a threat to the country’s security, but the alliance with Taliban is not an important matter.
“We believe that the alliance of Taliban and Daesh is a fragile issue and it will not continue. But Daesh is a threat and there is a serious will in government to destroy and uproot all terrorist groups,” said Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the interior ministry.
Daesh has reportedly increased its activities in the country’s eastern parts – including Nangarhar province. However, the Afghan Defense Ministry this week said they have increased air and ground operations against the insurgent group to end their activities in the eastern regions.
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