No place for ISIS (Daesh) terrorist group in Afghanistan: Karzai
By Khaama Press - Thu Jan 22 2015, 10:09 am
In an interview with the BBC Farsi, Karzai blamed the foreign intelligence agencies for spreading propaganda regarding the growing presence of ISIS militants in parts of Afghanistan.
Karzai said the foreigners are looking to enforce new phase of instability and misery in Afghanistan by encouraging the militants to raise the ISIS flags in a bid to spread the group’s ideology in Afghanistan.
Comparing the rumours with the rise of Taliban militants in Afghanistan Karzai said the regional security institutions specifically the Pakistani forces should be on high alert and cautious in this regard.
The remarks by Karzai comes as the Ministry of Interior (MoI) confirmed last week that a number of the Taliban militants have launched operations under the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in parts of Afghanistan.
MoI spokesman Sediq Sediqi told Radio Free Europe (RFE) on Saturday that the exact number of Taliban militants who have pledged allegiance to ISIS terrorist group is not clear so far.
The commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan Gen. John Campbell earlier also said that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is recruiting militants in Afghanistan.
In an interview with the Army Times, Gen. Campbell said “We are seeing reports of some recruiting. There have been some night letter drops, there have been reports of people trying to recruit both in Afghanistan and Pakistan, quite frankly.”
Officials in Helmand province had earlier confirmed that a former Taliban leader is currently recruiting fighters for ISIS in Sangin district, while officials in Farah said the terror group has set up training bases in Khak-e-Safid district.
Concerns regarding growing ISIS influence in Afghanistan and Pakistan comes as a video was released by ISIS over a week ago which purports to show militant leaders who identify themselves as from Afghanistan and Pakistan pledging their support to the Islamic State group.