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IEA security forces kill key Daesh fighter in Kabul

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(Last Updated On: March 26, 2023)

The Islamic Emirate’s intelligence department says it carried out an important operation on a Daesh hideout in Kabul’s District 12, killing a key Daesh fighter who was involved in the attack on the interior ministry mosque.

The department said on Twitter that security forces conducted a special operation on a Daesh hideout in the Butkhaak district of Kabul city, adding that civilians were not harmed in the attack.

The intelligence department adds this special operation resulted in the death of Asad Laghmani known as “Qais”, who was involved in the terror attack at the interior ministry mosque.

Earlier, General Michael Kurilla had warned that within the next six months, Daesh in Afghanistan will have the potential to target the US and other Western countries’ interests. He further added that the militant group’s ability to conduct operations in Asia and Europe is rapidly expanding.

In response to the US general’s remarks, IEA’s spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid rejected the presence of Daesh militants in Afghanistan. Mujahid said Daesh fighters have been suppressed and targeted across the country, and they will not have a chance to excel under the Islamic Emirate regime in Afghanistan.

It’s the US that dignifies the presence of Daesh in the country, which gives the militant fighters the moment to accelerate their attack, and it needs to be stopped, Mujahid added.

Nearly six months ago, the mosque at the interior ministry came under attack, claiming the lives of four people, and injuring 25 others.

Prior to this, IEA security forces reported several attacks on Daesh hideouts in Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, and other parts of Afghanistan.

The Daesh group meanwhile has claimed responsibility for several attacks in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif earlier.

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US, UAE diplomats meet to discuss Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: April 13, 2024)

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West met with UAE’s deputy envoy for the United Nations, Mohammad Abu Shahab, discussing the latest developments in Afghanistan, it was announced on Friday.

The sides also discussed empowering Afghan women and girls, and the full implementation of UN Security Council resolution 2721, co-penned by the UAE and Japan, UAE Mission to the UN said in a post on X.

The 2721 UNSC resolution adopted in December last year, calls for the appointment of a UN special envoy for Afghanistan, a suggestion objected by the Islamic Emirate.

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Top former US general claims Daesh-Khorasan is ‘on the upswing’

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(Last Updated On: April 13, 2024)

Retired General Joseph Votel, former chief of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), has claimed that Daesh-Khorasan is on the upswing, and that the US doesn’t have much on the ground to help reduce the risk.

“ISIS-K is on the upswing right now,” Votel said, Business Insider reported. “And we don’t have much on the ground to help reduce that risk that this organization poses.”

Before withdrawal from Afghanistan, Washington had significant intelligence capabilities on the ground and the ability to conduct kinetic strikes against the group. But this “mowing-the-grass” approach to counterterrorism, Votel said, has since paved way for a stronger and more resilient Daesh-K that’s focused on projecting its influence elsewhere.

The US still has the ability to gather meaningful intelligence in the region, although Votel said these capabilities are likely diminished from what they previously were. But it’s very important, he stressed, that the US continues to dedicate resources toward the threat and make it a priority.

One way for the US to do this is to work with regional partners around Afghanistan, such as Pakistan or states in Central Asia, to increase collaboration and the exchange of information with regard to violent extremism, Votel said. Another method would be for lawmakers to reauthorize a powerful surveillance tool known as Section 702, which is set to expire later this month.

“It doesn’t take very long for these organizations to rise up and become more capable,” retired Gen. Joseph Votel, who oversaw military operations in the Middle East in the 2010s, said.

This comes as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) says that Daesh has been suppressed and does not have the ability to launch attacks from Afghanistan against any country.

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Lightning strikes in Helmand kill one, injure three

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(Last Updated On: April 13, 2024)

One person has died and three others have been injured by lightning strikes in southern Helmand province, officials said.

Abdul Bari Rashid, director of information and culture in Helmand, told Ariana News that lightning occurred in the provincial capital Lashkargah, and Gereshk and Babaji districts.

According to him, one person died in the lightning and three others including a woman and two children were injured.

Meanwhile, floods triggered by heavy rains have caused financial losses in Sangin district of Helmand.

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