KABUL - Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Monday said that big attacks in the cities are being conducted by Haqqani network under the name of Daesh.
“For the purpose of provoking Iran and Russia to support Taliban, they (Haqqani Network) are carrying out the attacks under the name of Daesh,” said the ministry’s spokesman Dawlat Waziri.
Waziri said the Taliban are carrying out all the attacks and clashes in order to attract aid from Russia and Iran.
“The big and grave attacks are carried out by the Haqqani Network,” said Hazrat Ali a parliament member.
This comes as concern mounts over Daesh’s growing footprint in parts of the country.
The National Unity Government’s (NUG) CEO Abdullah Abdullah said that in the past few months Daesh has been largely suppressed in Afghanistan .
Security sources said that at the moment Daesh militants are not only in Kunar province but in Nangarhar, Laghman, Nuristan and Jawzjan and are fighting security forces.
“In recent weeks, the most hits given to Daesh militants were in eastern and northern Afghanistan ,” said Abdullah.
A few months ago, Daesh focused on attacks on cities and in Nangarhar province. The fight has however increased and on Sunday the group clashed with security forces in Chawki district of Kunar province.
Sources in Kunar province said that Daesh militants came close to the Chawki district governor’s building but Kunar provincial governor Wahidullah Kalimzai said the Daesh fighters will be suppressed.
“They (Daesh) carried out an offensive attack, which, thankfully, was suppressed by the government forces and uprisers,” said Kalimzai.
Security sources believe that the origins of Daesh and Taliban are from one source and that there is no evidence that Afghanistan’s Daesh has links with Daesh in Iraq and Syria or take orders from them.
The presence of Daesh in Afghanistan has been a major concern for Russia and Iran.