IS Terrorists Erased From Afghanistan, But Their Ideology Remains - Security Adviser
Umer Jamshaid 18 days ago Sat 23rd November 2019 | 12:02 AM
While the Islamic State terrorist organization (IS, banned in Russia) has been destroyed in Afghanistan, their ideology survived and is still a threat amid the Taliban's continued support for cross-border terrorism, Afghan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Muhib said in an interview with Sputnik on Friday
"IS terrorists established strongholds in several Afghan provinces where they prepared suicide-bombers and trained for the insurgency. Physically, the IS was eliminated from Afghanistan, but the ideologically remains and still constitutes a threat," Muhib said.
According to the official, the Afghan forces succeeded in clearing out all IS strongholds in the country and handing over the terrorists to the government. Talking numbers, he said more than 1,000 terrorists were killed, of which about 600 surrendered and while the rest were hunted down over the past several months.
Pathways for foreign terrorist formations, such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (banned in Russia), to Afghanistan are oftentimes created by the Taliban radical movement, which has been leading the insurgency against the Afghan government for almost two decades now, Muhib claimed.
The Taliban have been struggling to achieve recognition since being overthrown by the forces of international UN-mandated coalition troops in 2001. The movement was known to have provided al-Qaeda terror group (banned in Russia) and the IS with safe haven in Afghanistan. The Taliban themselves have amply adopted terrorist warfare methods, such as bombings, killings, abduction and rape.