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    Daesh in Retreat, Afghan Army Only Top Dog on the Ground – Military Official

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    Since 2015 Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) has been terrorizing Afghanistan. Speaking to Sputnik, spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense, General Mohammad Radmanesh highlighted that the recent capitulation of Daesh in the north of the country had substantially reduced the threat posed by the terrorist organization in the region.

    After the capitulation of over 150 Daesh (ISIS/ISIL)* fighters in the northern province of Jawzjan of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (IRA), Afghan authorities believe that the terrorist  groups no longer threaten the security of the state.

    "About 250 militants under the leadership of Moulawi Habiborrahmanand and his deputy, Mufti Nematollah surrendered to the IRA's security forces. We transferred them to the authorities of Afghanistan," the official representative of the Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan, General Mohammad Radmanesh told Sputnik Afghanistan.

    The capitulation took place in the Darzab district of Jawzjan province, located in the north of the IRA and bordering Turkmenistan. The terrorists also handed their weapons over to Afghan security forces.

    When asked whether the submission of Daesh militants in the north of the country means the resounding defeat of the organization in the northern parts of Afghanistan, Gen. Radmanesh specified that individual groups of terrorists are still hiding out in the north.

    "However, they cannot commit any provocations," he opined. "In general, these people no longer pose threats and challenges [to Afghanistan]."

    According to Radmanesh, Darzab district used to be Daesh's largest stronghold in the country: "The Afghan Air Force, ground forces and artillery took part in the counter-terror operations," he pointed out. "The fighters had no choice but to surrender. The pressure of the Afghan security forces forced them to capitulate. Now the only top dog in the country and especially in the north is the Afghan government's troops."

    The representative from the Ministry of Defense added that Afghan judicial authorities will hold the terrorists accountable for the crimes committed in the country.

    Men carry an injured man in a hospital after a suicide attack in Jalalabad, Afghanistan July 30, 2018
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    Men carry an injured man in a hospital after a suicide attack in Jalalabad, Afghanistan July 30, 2018

    However, while the residents of Qush-tapa and Darzab districts of Jawzjan province, who were earlier forced to flee the region, have demanded that the terrorists be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, a terrorist commander has told journalists that the Afghan government had promised to pardon them if they join the peace process.

    In recent months Daesh has turned out to be a serious challenge to the security of the country's north. Despite the fact that government forces have repeatedly bombed the region and carried out operations against terrorists, it took a lot of time for them to reduce the threat.

    For nearly two decades the IRA has been subjected to repeated terrorist assaults by the Afghan Taliban*. Since 2015, Daesh terrorists have expanded their operations to Afghanistan.

    The US has been trying to solve the Taliban dilemma. In late July, The Wall Street Journal reported that Alice Wells, deputy assistant secretary for South and Central Asia at the US State Department, had met with the representatives of the Afghan Taliban in Qatar.

    Meanwhile, violent clashes continue to take place in the country. On August 6, an explosion in the northern Afghan province of Helmand reportedly killed three people, including a Taliban commander.

    Earlier, the Khaama Press news agency reported that at least 22 civilians had been kidnapped by Taliban extremists on the road between Kabul and Gardez in the country's eastern province of Paktia.

    On August 3, a suicide blast in killed 30 and injured 81 during Friday prayers in a mosque in the Afghan city of Gardez.

    *Daesh (ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State) and the Taliban are terrorist organizations banned in Russia.

    The views and opinions expressed by the contributors do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.

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