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Afghans Feel Threatened by Daesh After Taliban Deal

Afghans Feel Threatened by Daesh After Taliban Deal

KABUL – Afghans are worried about a threat by Daesh terrorist group after a likely peace deal between the US and Taliban, with officials considering it a “serious and dangerous” threat.
Kabir Haqmal, Spokesperson for the National Security Council, said that some Taliban fighters would probably join Daesh after their leadership make deal with the United States, which would strengthen the terrorist group.
“Probably some small groups of Taliban will join the Daesh when Taliban reach a peace agreement with the United States. If so, Daesh will turn to a great threat,” Haqmal said.
The US and Taliban have come closer to a peace agreement in their ninth round of negotiations held in Qatar.
President Ashraf Ghani had earlier said that 20 terrorist groups are active and fight the government.
Tamim Aasi, a former deputy defense minister said that all the small terrorist groups were under Taliban umbrella and were working on religious affairs, bomb making and financial aid attraction from Persian Gulf Arab states.
As the most dangerous group, Daesh has been active in Afghanistan for five years. Its fighters are counted from 700 to 3,000. According to security officials, Daesh has fighters in the provinces of Nangarhar, Kunar, Nooristan, Badakhshan, Zabul, Sar-e-Pul, Faryab and Jawzjan.
The terrorist group carries out deadly attacks in different areas. It recently claimed responsibility for a wedding reception attack in Kabul that killed around 80 civilians and injured more than 200, including women and children.
(Sahar News)

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