January 22, 2015
The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) Chief Rahmatullah Nabil has ruled out that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group poses serious threat to Afghanistan. Speaking during a briefing in Afghan parliament on Thursday Nabil said the Afghan intelligence is competent enough in terms of capabilities. In the meantime, Nabil said the ISIS group poses more threats to the neighboring countries as compared to Afghanistan. Nabil reiterated that the Afghan national security forces are capable to thwart threats by terrorist groups.
The remarks by the Ministry of Interior (MoI) confirmed last week that a number of the Taliban militants have launched operations under the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in parts of Afghanistan. The commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan Gen. John Campbell earlier also said that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is recruiting militants in Afghanistan.
In an interview with the Army Times, Gen. Campbell said “We are seeing reports of some recruiting. There have been some night letter drops, there have been reports of people trying to recruit both in Afghanistan and Pakistan, quite frankly.” Concerns regarding growing ISIS influence in Afghanistan and Pakistan comes as a video was released by ISIS over a week ago which purports to show militant leaders who identify themselves as from Afghanistan and Pakistan pledging their support to the Islamic State group.
However, the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has no place and supporters among the Afghans. In an interview with the BBC Farsi, Karzai blamed the foreign intelligence agencies for spreading propaganda regarding the growing presence of ISIS militants in parts of Afghanistan. Karzai said the foreigners are looking to enforce new phase of instability and misery in Afghanistan by encouraging the militants to raise the ISIS flags in a bid to spread the group’s ideology in Afghanistan.