Daesh now too weak to carry out major assaults: official
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The Achin district chief in eastern Nangarhar province on Saturday said Daesh militant group has been weakened to the extent that it could not carry out major assaults on government forces and 800 families of the group’s affiliates have crossed the border into Pakistan.
During an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Hajji Ghalib Mujahid said due to the operations by Pakistani forces in Waziristan and Khyber tribal regions, Daesh families crossed the Durand Line and settled in bordering districts of Nangarhar province.
But later they started attacks on Afghan security forces and received weapons and ammunitions for their attacks, he said.
The insurgent group wanted to capture Nangarhar province, but Afghan forces trounced them and didn’t let them succeed in their plan, he said, adding that security forces have cleared all areas of the district from IS fighters, with 800 of Daesh fighters’ families crossing the Durand Line into Aurakzai and Khyber tribal regions of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Nearly 15,000 families have been displaced as a result of cruel actions of IS insurgents such as beheadings and blowing people with bombs, he said.
“Now the Daesh group has no ability to coordinate large scale attacks in the province,” he said, revealing that after their defeat in Achin, anti-Daesh operations by Afghan forces would be conducted in Haska Mena district.
According to Mujahid, 600 Daesh fighters have been killed and 300 others wounded during joint operations by Afghan National Army (ANA), Afghan Local Police (ALP) and Afghan National Police (ANP) and local volunteers. Local residents also strongly supported the forces and contributed 1000 youth to support the Afghan forces and fight against insurgents, he added.
The official said the fighters had come from Waziristan, Aurakzai, Khyber Agencies and the Punjab province of Pakistan and they included Chechen, Uzbek and Arab fighters.
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