ANDSF fighting Daesh in Nangarhar

Fighting Daesh and other terrorist groups in the country in particular Nangarhar is the responsibility of Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). Local officials in Nangarhar have destroyed training and planning centers of Daesh in the province and currently fighters of the group are individually fighting against ANDSF and people of the province.
Previously, some parts of Nangarhar had been considered as key centers of Daesh in Afghanistan. The group has taken deadly attacks that have caused heavy civilian casualties in the province.
According to a spokesperson to Nangarhar governor Ataullah Khogyani, nearly 250 Daesh fighter have surrendered to Afghan local security forces in the province so far. The group was active in three districts of the province as Nazyan, Achin and Haska Mina, but fortunately 95 percent of Achin has been cleared of the presence of Daesh, while operation is underway in Nazyan and most of the group’s safe havens and training centers have been destroyed in Haska Mina.
“Afghan security forcese and local police are deployed in areas that are cleared from the presence of Daesh by the Afghan national defense and security forces in the province,” Khogyani said, adding that those running Daesh radio in Nangarhar have been also killed in military operations of Afghan security forces.
In past, Afghanistan was a good place for colonialists and foreign plotters of the region. Experience has proven that the country has been as a lab for foreign fighters and witnessed dreadful and dire incidents. During the past 17 years, the country has also experienced unpleasant presence of foreign terrorists fighting against the people and government. But, presence of Daesh is considered as the worst experience of the country. Although the group is not able to launch big attacks on districts and provinces of the country, it focuses on organizing deadly suicide attacks on civilians, civil and military institutions of the country. They are mostly active in the country’s east.
What the group wants in Afghanistan and the region? It is believed that Daesh’s last destination is not Afghanistan. The respective terrorist group wants to reach beyond Afghan borders as countries in central Asia and pose increasing threats to the countries of the Central Asia.
Daesh fighters are supported by powers in the region and currently under trained in some parts of Pakistan. The group recruits its fighters from former experienced fighters of the Taliban group so that they can pose serious threats to the region.
It is worth mentioning that continued military operations conducted by the Afghan national defense and security forces with air support of Afghan and NATO air forces in Nangarhar have unprecedentedly declined presence of Daesh fighters as most of safe havens and training centers of the group have been destroyed in the province during the past two years. Lailuma Noori

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