ISIS loyalists attempting to expand foothold in Afghanistan
By Khaama Press - Sun Apr 03 2016, 10:43 am
The loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group are attempting to expand foothold in Afghanistan despite the terror group received a major blow in eastern Nangarhar province.
The officials in eastern Ghazni province have confirmed that the terror group is attempting to recruit fighters in the outskirts of Ghazni and bordering regions of the restive Zabul province.
A lawmaker representing Ghazni province in the Afghan parliament has confirmed that the group has been successful somehow in the recruitment of fighters in this province.
The lawmaker Mohammad Arif Rahmani told RFE/RL that they are aware of practical steps taken by the terror group in Ghazni which is a strategic province in southeast and they have been trying to establish bases.
He said militants loyal to ISIS or having similar operations as ISIS terrorist group have been seen and are active in some parts of Ghazni and Zabul, including Jaghoori, Gilan, Khak-e-Afghan and some parts of Andar.
This comes as earlier reports emerged that the terror group has stepped up efforts to expand foothold in eastern Kunar and Nuristan provinces.
The militants of the terror group were hardly hit by the US airstrikes as well as the Afghan air and ground operations in parts of Nangarhar province amid concerns that they were establishing a regional operations base and consolidate operations with the terror group based in Syria and Iraq.
Thousands of militants loyal to the terror group were killed or wounded as US Air Force increased air raids which followed by more authorities granted by the Obama administration earlier this year.