Analysts: Claims of gov’t and foreigners about Daesh suppression unbelievable

Sunday, 11 March 2018 03:26 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 137 times

In a propaganda video, Daesh has called on Muslims around the world to immigrate to Afghanistan, a statement which challenges the claims of Afghan government and its foreign backers that the terrorist group has been decimated.
Speaking at a UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting last Thursday, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Tadamichi Yamamoto voiced serious concern over Daesh activities in Afghanistan.
Casting doubt on the claims Afghan government and foreign troops have made about Daesh, Afghan analysts stress the terror group is gaining foothold in Afghanistan.
Muhsen Ekhtyar, a military expert, questions the government’s claim that Daesh has weakened and its leaders have been eliminated, saying that Daesh territorial control and activities are rather expanding.
“The government says it has defeated Daesh in eastern Nangarhar province, but very recently, it has publicly stoned a person to death in the Wazir Tangi area of the province, something suggesting a rise in Daesh activities,” Ekhtyar told The Heart of Asia.
According to him, the support of foreign troops for Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) is very weak because they could not drive Daesh terrorists out from two districts in northern Jawzjan province in a month.
The residents of Jawzjan’s Qush Tepa and Darzab districts say that Daesh has taken control of most areas of the districts, except the district centers.
Enayatullah, a local resident who has fled to Jawzjan’s capital, Sheberghan, said the government’s operation is ineffective, claiming that Daesh has ever more fighters in the two districts, and has also attracted some local people into its ranks.
Political analyst Mohammad Hassan Haqyar says Daesh in Afghanistan is enjoying foreign support and US forces’ infirm stance against them creates more suspicions.
He told The Heart of Asia: “People in Jawzjan are saying that foreign troops don’t back Afghan forces fighting Daesh. They are also targeting only Taliban in Nangarhar. These are claims that need to be assessed.”
The Ministry of Defense (MoD), however, claims that Daesh has been vanquished and lost most of its leaders and commanders.
MoD spokesman Gen. Dawlat Waziri told The Heart of Asia that tens of Daesh members and commanders have been killed in joint operations of Afghan and foreign troops over the last two months.
According to him, the group has lost the capability to pose any serious threat to Afghanistan.

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