ISIS acting quietly to expand presence in Afghanistan, Russian envoy says

Kabulov

The loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group is acting quietly in Afghanistan as the terror group plans to use the country for wider expansion.

The remarks by Zamir Kabulov, the Russian presidential envoy for Afghanistan, comes as the loyalists of the terror group have received major setbacks during the recent months as a result of the coordinated air and group operations of Afghan and US forces.

HOwever, Kabulov, who is the Russian Foreign Ministry’s department for Asian countries, said the loyalists of the group is expanding in Afghanistan and wishes to use the country as a “springboard for a wider expansion,”

[Daesh] exists [in Afghanistan]. It flourishes and expands. It just acts quietly and gather strength for decisive actions,” Kabul told the Izvestiya newspaper in an interview released Wednesday.

Kabulov further added that Daesh has less militants than Taliban, but it does not spend its resources on fighting Afghan and US servicemen in the country.

“They have other aims. They need Afghanistan as a springboard for a wider expansion,” Kabulov explained.

This comes as the officials earlier said the terror group is attempting to establish a regional operational base in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan as the loyalists of the group are trying to consolidate operations with the terror group in Syria and Iraq.

The concerns prompted Obama administration to grant more authorities to the US forces in Afghanistan to increase airstrikes against the terror group with reports suggesting the US Air Force has dropped more than 250 bombs and missiles in January and February targeting ISIS loyalists. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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