ISIS planting flag in different parts of Afghanistan: CIA
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Taking advantage of the some elements of the Taliban, the ISIS or in its Arabic acronym --- Daesh --- is now planting flags in various parts of Afghanistan, the CIA Director John Brennan has told lawmakers.
“ISIL has been able to take advantage of some elements within the Taliban that have been disenchanted with the organization,” Brennan told members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during a Congressional hearing this week.
Brenna had travelled to Afghanistan some two months ago. “It was one of the real concerns they had that ISIL is planting the flag in different parts of Afghanistan and they are now seeing as a competitor to some of the existing militant and terrorist organizations there,” he said in response to a question.
The top CIA officials also expressed concern over the rise of al Qaeda. “We are concerned that Al Qaida can regenerate in that Afghan- Pak border region, which is why we need to maintain the intelligence collection as well as working with our Afghan and Pak partners,” he said.
Afghans he said are a very resilient people. There had been thousands of Afghans who had given their lives for the future of that country, adding that the US would want to continue to work very closely with them, their intelligence, security, military organizations that are there, he said.
They face a host of challenges, that foreign assistance is critically important to both the military front as well as on the economic side.
“But President Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah, they need to make sure that their government is able to address the concerns of the Afghan people across the broad range of areas. The Afghan people are some of the bravest people that we have the privilege of working with,” Brennan said.
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