IS take areas in Nangarhar, recruiting in Kunar: Waziri
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The Islamic State (IS) group has captured some areas from Taliban militants in eastern Nangarhar province and has started fresh recruitments in neighbouring Kunar, a military commander said on Sunday.
Maj. Gen. Mohammad Zaman Waziri, the Selab Military Corps commander in the eastern zone, told Pajhwok Afghan News in an interview that there had been several fights between the two rival groups in Shinwari zone during the past few weeks.
He said the Taliban and IS fighters had clashed repeatedly in Nazian, Achin, Dur Baba and Spinghar districts, with the sides suffering casualties.
“Our information shows Taliban militants, who were active in these areas, had been forced to flee by the IS members,” Waziri said, adding that the IS had started recruiting people in Marawara, Ghaziabad and Chapa Dara districts of neighbouring Kunar province.
He said Afghan security forces were prepared to launch operations against the group, but he did not go into details.
“Taliban militants were trying to find a foothold in the border area, but our operation blocked all routes on them,” Waziri said.
He said the Selab Military Corps had conducted 162 operations in seven eastern provinces killing 2,364 rebels and injuring 748 others during the past two years.
“This year, we also launched 28 operations in which 149 insurgents were killed and 115 wounded. We would further extend the operations,” Waziri added.
To a question about coordination between security organs, Waziri said, “Few years ago the Chapa Dara valley was known as the valley of death, the Want Wegal district was under Taliban control for seven years, but security forces recaptured the district and ensured security in the valley.”
He said the security situation had improved on the Nuristan highway after security posts were established along the road to Want Wegal district and in Gulsak area.
The commander said the military corps were equipped with helicopters for combat operations and transferring injured security personnel. “Previously we did not have helicopters to shift wounded soldiers to central hospitals, but now we have them,” he said.
About an under construction hospital for the corps, he said that the hospital would help treat all wounded soldiers on the zone level. Previously they would take wounded soldiers to Kabul hospitals, he said.
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