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Editorial: IS a threat to US?

13 Jun 2019 Afghanistan Times

Contrary to impression of certain countries regarding the

Islamic States (IS) also called as Daesh, the high-ranking US authorities

considering it sever danger to its internal and external interests. The

Daesh group in Afghanistan is a “very worrisome” threat to the United States,

and US counterterrorism efforts have yet to shrink its extremist ambitions,

Head of US Central Command Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie said. “ISIS (Daesh)

in Afghanistan certainly has aspirations to attack the United States,” McKenzie

said. “It is our clear judgment that as long as we maintain pressure on them it

will be hard for them to do that.” McKenzie, with responsibility for managing

American military operations across the greater Middle East, spoke in Germany

with reporters returning home with him from an eight-day trip that took him to

Qatar, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. He also spent

two days aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in the North Arabian

Sea. He stopped at Germany’s Ramstein air base to refuel his airplane before

flying to his headquarters in Florida. Earlier this week, the Associated Press

cited US. and Afghan security officials in reporting that the Daesh group in

Afghanistan is expanding its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting

attacks on the United States and other Western countries. McKenzie, a veteran

of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, said he believes ISIS in Afghanistan has not

expanded its capabilities but remains a big problem. “They are very worrisome

to us” in their strongholds in eastern Afghanistan, he said, adding that combat

operations have failed to reduce the group’s fighting ranks. Others have said

they are thought to number in the thousands. Soon after assassination of Al

Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden near to a military installation in Abbottabad on

May 2, 2011, certain militant groups emerged mysteriously in Gulf States like

Iraq and Syria. Later these militants appeared as Daesh in

Afghanistan shortly after the group’s core fighters swept across Syria and Iraq

in the summer of 2014, carving out a self-styled Islamic empire in both countries.

Ironic to mention that Daesh modus operandi was not different from Al Qaeda

affiliated groups, declaring almost of Afghanistan along with parts of Pakistan

and certain Central Asian Republics as Khurasan. Later after getting influence

and presence in certain parts of Afghanistan like Nangarhar province, these IS

militants have broken away all previous records of violence by killing the

innocent human beings through worst kind inhuman and immoral ways. As a result

of such inhuman acts, the Daesh earned nothing else hater of Afghans. Though

the US forces in Afghanistan are combating the Daesh group separately from

their mission of advising and assisting Afghan defense forces in their battle

against the Taliban but still certain countries and its spy agencies like

Pakistan, Iran and others are considering the IS as second birth of Al Qaeda,

paving the ways for landing of US in the countries, targeted for missions and

later on establishing its influence through violent acts carried out by IS

militants. But one thing is very clear that almost top leaders of IS like of Al

Qaeda targeted by US drone and jet fighters in eastern Afghanistan. Earlier

certain quarters in Pakistan propagating Al Qaeda and its affiliated militant

groups as “production of US spy agencies” but all of them have been

eliminated through US drones.

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