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Fighting militancy: MoD seeks regional countries’ support

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AT-KABUL: The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that it will not allow any terrorist group to use Afghan soil against neighboring countries.

Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the MoD, said that Afghan forces are capable of defeating militants. However, he urged regional countries to cooperate with Afghanistan to eliminate the menace. “We assure our neighboring countries that our security forces will not allow militants to have safe havens in Afghanistan and pose threat to security of our neighbors,” Radio Azadi quoted Waziri as saying.

He said that security forces have managed to destroy hideouts of ISIS and other insurgent groups in Nangarhar, Helmand, Farah, Ghazni and Uruzgan provinces.

This comes at a time that a Russian official recently expressed his concerns that ISIS has established a center in Afghanistan. He said that around 3,500 fighters of the terrorist group are active in Afghanistan.

A number of political analysts believe that regional and global consensus should be created to fight against ISIS, also known as Daesh.

Ahmad Saeedi, a political analyst, said that different regional terrorist groups have joined Daesh in Afghanistan. “The Afghan government cannot fight against the Taliban militants on its solo basis, then how will it fight against ISIS? Thus, a regional and global consensus is required to fight against Daesh,” he added.