Daesh unable to wield influence in Afghanistan: Nicholson
Gen. Mick Nicholson was talking to reporters at a joint press conference with Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor after their meeting here.
The meeting was also attended northern zone Afghan National Army (ANA)’s commander Gen. Abdul Hamid Hamid and police commander Gen. Baba Jan.
Noor said the RS commander’s visit to Balkh showed the alliance’s support for the local government and security.
Strengthening and equipping Afghan security forces was stressed and given attention during the meeting, he said, adding from now on, the Afghan forces besides maintaining defensive mode would also continue operations.
Nicholson, while replying to a question posed by Pajhwok Afghan News said NATO and Afghan forces jointly inflicted heavy casualties on Daesh fighters after the group launched its activities in Afghanistan.
“Daesh when compared to Taliban pay high wages to its fighters, but the IS activities and message are very different from Afghan culture and it is the main reason the group has failed to have influence.”
He said the IS campaign and efforts were unsuccessful in reaching its goals or furthering its influence.
Deash emerged in eastern Nangarhar province but its control over many districts was reduced to only two districts in a short span of time, Nicholson said.
He had heard about Daesh moving to eastern Kunar province, saying joint military operations against the outfit would be conducted soon in Kunar.
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