The minister of defense General Abdullah Habibi has visited eastern Nangarhar province to discuss the launch of a major operation against the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in this province.
The provincial government in a statement said Gen. Habibi met with the provincial officials to discuss the launch of the operation.
The statement further added Gen. Habibi also visited the 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army and discussed the operation with the military officials in detail.
President Mohamad AShraf Ghani has given the task to 201st Silab Corps to eliminate the loyalists of the terror group rom Nangarhar, Kunar and Nuristan provinces.
Earlier President Ghani visited Nangarhar province to meet the provincial officials and assess the security situation of the province.
He ordered the 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army to completely root out the terrorists from Nangarhar.
President Ghani further added that the difficult days in the country have gone but he cautioned that the enemies of
Afghanistan are still plotting destructive activities.
He also visited the residents of Kot district and hailed for their resistance and fight against the loyalists of ISIS terrorist group.
This comes as ISIS loyalists have been attempting to expand foothold in the country, an attempt that has forced the Afghan and US forces to step up strikes against them.
The US forces are regularly conducting drone strikes against the loyalists of the terror group in the restive parts of Nangarhar besides the Afghan forces conduct air and ground raids.