Taliban reject Vladimir Putin’s claim of ISIS-K presence in northern Afghanistan
The Taliban on Saturday rejected Russia’s claims that there was a strong presence of ISIL-K, an affiliate of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, in northern Afghanistan, News from TOLO reported. During a virtual summit with the leaders of the independent states of the Commonwealth (CIS), Russian President Vladimir Putin asserted that ISIS-K was active in northern Afghanistan after the final withdrawal of American troops on August 31 . , officials from the Cultural Commission of the Taliban Ministry of Information and Culture in Afghanistan said such reports of ISIS presence are not true.
“The concerns expressed in this regard are to some extent unfounded. Daesh has no popular support in any part of Afghanistan, ”the Taliban’s Ministry of Information and Culture said in a statement, as quoted by TOLO News.
This comes despite the fact that Russia disclosed the estimated number of Daesh terrorists that Kabul now harbored. Russia claims that around 2,000 ISIS terrorists are present in northern Afghanistan and pose threats against CIS states. Anaamullah Samangani, a member of the commission, allegedly trashed the reports, claiming that the allegations had no basis and that ISIS was not operating in any part of the conflict-ridden territory.
“According to our data, the number of ISIS (Islamic State) operatives in northern Afghanistan alone is around 2,000. Their leaders want to influence Central Asian states, Russian regions, and they focus on escalating ethnoreligious conflicts and religious hatred. Terrorists seek to enter the territory of the Commonwealth (of Independent States), including under cover of refugees, ”Russian President Putin said at the event, as reported. News from TOLO. Putin also said the CIS must have interaction with the Taliban, but must not rush to recognize the government.
Al-Qaeda could rebuild in Afghanistan, US intelligence warns
Earlier, senior intelligence officials in the United States warned that the globally designated terrorist group Al Qaeda could rebuild itself within a year or two in Afghanistan, becoming a major threat to American soil as Islamist terrorists have already started to return to Kabul after the Taliban. to resume.
“The current assessment is probably one to two years for Al Qaeda to build up some capacity to at least threaten the homeland,” Defense Intelligence Agency director Lt. Gen. Scott D said. Berrier at the National Summit on Intelligence and Security yesterday. As Kabul has become a haven for the terrorist group after the US withdrawal, the timeline for the renewed security threat may shrink, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and the army lieutenant general have warned. American Scott D. Berrier. He reiterated that the “current assessment” of exactly when Al Qaeda might be able to “build some capacity to at least threaten” the United States is “conservatively” only a year or so away. maybe two.