News - Afghanistan
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Thursday announced the establishment of a joint unit aimed at heightening coordination among security institutions to more effectively combat Daesh affiliates in Afghanistan.
According to MoI officials, each of Afghanistan's security institutions maintains an equal share in the special unit formed to counter Daesh's rapid expansion in remote areas of the country.
"If there is fear of a major challenge emerging, then there is definitely a need to establish a special group to suppress it, and so the formation of the special unit is to counter Daesh," MoI spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) has emphasized that the special unit is not just an operational unit, but will also undertake intelligence gathering and analysis activities as well.
Independent military analyst Atiqullah Amarkhail believes the special unit would be better off operating under the auspices of the NDS. "If the special unit is consisting of police and army officers, then it will not be constructive, but if such issues are dealt with by the intelligence bodies, it would be more advantageous," he said Thursday.
Regardless of who is primarily behind the wheel of the unity, however, the announcement of its formation comes at a time when security analysts have warned of Daesh's intentions to intensify their presence in Afghanistan. Commentators have said the group, which is based in Iraq and Syria, has begun exploiting divisions within the Taliban's ranks in order to recruit and establish bases of support in Afghanistan.
"Daesh militants operate in Badakhshan, Kunduz, Farah, Faryab, Logar and also in the eastern regions," military analyst Jawed Kohistani told TOLOnews.
Lawmakers in Parliament have been some of the most vocal proponents of the government and the international community taking greater steps to curtail Daesh's growth in Afghanistan. The militant group has become infamous in small communities around the country - just as it has worldwide - for its brutal tactics in warfare and its macabre approach toward managing territories it captures.
"Daesh is a major threat to international peace and regional security, therefore, there is a need on an international level to fight them," MP Syed Ekram said.
According to sources at the NDS, a special intelligence unit has already been actively monitoring the activities of Daesh militants in Afghanistan. Reportedly the killing of Mullah Abdul Rauf, a top Daesh commander formerly of the Taliban in Helmand, was among the unit's first achievements.
Over the past three days, the special unit is said to have already arrested six members of Daesh in Achin district of Nangarhar province and eliminated another 14 foreign militants in Gomal district of Paktika province.