Clearing Operations Against ISK in Northern Afghanistan
Abdul Rashid Dostum, first vice president held a meeting with General Austin Scott Miller, commander of US and NATO Forces in Afghanistan, and acting Defense Minister Asadullah Khalid who visited him in Jawzjan.Gen. Dostum said that in the past three months in Sheberghan, the capital of the Jawzjan, “Daesh” fighters have increased their influence in north of the country and will now be eliminated with the launch of a major operation.
“We discussed the situation in the north where the security threat is at a high level.” Dostum told reporters, adding: “After the meeting, will let you know when and where the operation will be launched.”
Daesh insurgents evicted from Nangarhar have increased their activities in Faryab, Sar-e-Pul, Jawzjan, Balkh and Samangan provinces. Disruptions are also evident on the Faryab-Jawzjan and Jawzjan-Balkh highways.
“The information shows that Daesh has encampments in some areas where security forces do not have a presence. But we assure you that the Afghan forces, with the aid of Resolute Support, will eliminate Daesh or Al-Qaeda troops that are active in those areas,” said Gen. Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai, commander of 209 Shaheen Military Corps as reported by Tolonews.
In a major success for the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) the Islamic State-Khorasan (ISK), the West Asia based Islamic State’s Afghan affiliate has collapsed in the eastern Nangarhar province reports Jeff Seldin for the Voice of America
“Afghan government and coalition operations against the group, along with the Taliban’s campaign … led to ISIS-Khorasan’s collapse in Nangarhar and the surrender of hundreds of fighters to Afghan forces,” a senior counterterrorism official told VOA, using an acronym for the group days after the affiliate back Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi ‘certainly one of those of most concern’
“Surrendered [Islamic State] fighters said they were told to leave Nangarhar for Kunar [province], where we assess the group still maintains a presence, as well as the northern provinces of Afghanistan,” the official added.
Seldin states that U.S. assessment contrasted with some more optimistic pronouncements from Afghan officials, who touted the victory in Nangarhar as conclusive.
By involving General Dostum the Afghan Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) and their US counterparts hope to evict the group from the North as well.