KABUL - Afghanistan’s military is set to launch a major operation aimed at stopping the Takfiri Daesh terrorists from making inroads into the country’s northern provinces.
“(The) ministry of defense is planning to launch an operation against Daesh in the northern provinces of Sari Pul, Faryab and Jowzjan,” Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said Tuesday.
“We know there are foreign fighters among them, but we will eliminate all of them regardless of their nationality,” he said, without elaborating further.
Taking advantage of the chaos fueled by local Taliban militants, Daesh terrorists first emerged in Afghanistan’s eastern and northeastern provinces of Nangarhar and Kunar in 2015.
The Takfiri outfit is now seeking to strengthen its foothold in the war-torn country after it lost the territories it had captured across Iraq and Syria in 2014.
The terror group has claimed a number of deadly attacks against mosques and security posts in the heart of the Afghan capital, Kabul, over the past year.
The security operation comes amid reports that foreign militants, including French nationals, are joining the ranks of Daesh in northern Afghanistan .
Mohammad Reza Ghafoori, a spokesman for the governor of Jowzjan, told AFP that more than 40 foreign Daesh militants, mostly Uzbeks, are present in Darzab and Qushtepa districts “to recruit locals and train them.”
“The government is planning to launch an operation to clear the area from them soon,” he said, without giving further details.