KABUL, ($1=89.64 Afghan Afghanis) – The branch of the Islamic State terrorist group in Afghanistan, Kholayat Khorasan, is trying to strengthen its position in northern and eastern Afghanistan, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Mir Haidar Afzali’s statement. Afazli is a former chairman of the Afghanistan House of Representatives defense committee.
Islamic State is trying to recruit young people in the northern and eastern parts of the country. “The most dangerous members of Islamic State, arrested in the past by Afghan forces, have been released from prison and are now calling on young people to cooperate with them,” Afzali wrote on Twitter.
Earlier, some Afghan experts noted that prisoners, including hundreds of ISIS supporters, had been released during the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan amid the withdrawal of US and NATO troops.
According to Afzali, Islamic State still does not have better weapons and better conditions, but according to him, the situation may change in the future.
“It seems that the projects for extremism in Afghanistan are not over yet,” the politician said.
Fighting in northeastern Afghanistan
Several sources close to the National Front for Resistance against the Taliban reported ongoing clashes on Friday morning [October 15] in the Andarab Valley in Balk province in northeastern Afghanistan.
“There is currently a fierce battle between the Taliban and the National Resistance Front in Andarab. There are casualties on both sides, the exact number of casualties is unknown,” the Twitter message said.
According to sources, clashes are taking place in the districts of Puli-Hisar and Dih-Salah in the province of Baglan, the Taliban, which suffered more than 60 casualties, are withdrawing, there are losses among the fighters of the Front and the death of two of their field commanders.
The Taliban have not yet commented on the incident, but videos have been posted on social media showing columns of Taliban fighters heading for the Andarab Valley.
Meanwhile, the Taliban Ministry of Defense announced on Twitter that Ataula Omari has been appointed commander of the Mazar-e-Sharif Corps. The corps headquarters is located at the base of the former 209th Corps of the Afghan National Army “Shahin” in the suburbs of Mazar-e-Sharif, the center of Balkh province, and is responsible for security in the northern part of the country.
The situation in Afghanistan
After a 20-year presence on August 31, US troops left Afghanistan. According to US President Joe Biden, the United States has done what it set out to do: eliminate the al Qaeda terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 attacks and prevent Afghanistan from becoming a center of terrorism.
His words do not correspond to reality. According to a US intelligence report, at least 20 small terrorist groups are currently operating in Afghanistan, radicalized over the past 20 years due to the foreign presence. Various reports suggest al-Qaeda terrorists are joining the Taliban and Islamic State will establish a presence in Afghanistan.
Earlier, the same US report said that Kabul would collapse within six months, but the US president withheld this information. He tried hard to convince the public that there was no such option in front of Afghanistan and cited the thousands of troops and equipment of the Asian country. Despite Joe Biden’s “optimism,” the Taliban took over almost the entire country within a month and entered Kabul. Former President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.
At present, there is only one territory left in Afghanistan that has not been conquered by the Taliban, and that is the province of Panjshir. Anti-Taliban forces and Afghan soldiers have positioned themselves in it. The anti-Taliban coalition is led by Ahmad Massoud.
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