Just a month after the United States signed a controversial agreement with the Taliban to end the long-running war in Afghanistan – based on the notion that the rebel group does not offer safe haven to Al Qaeda – local officials worry that t -terrorists still reign in parts of the territory. our country.
According to Tolo’s Afghan news press, Yasin Khan, the governor of southern Helman province, pointed to the rise of the Al Qaeda footprint in the district along the Durand Line with Pakistan as also the pockets of the Afghanistan-Iran border. Helmand had long been a bloody battlefield for U.S. and Afghan troops, and emerged as a Taliban stronghold.
“The Helmand governor said it was worrying that the Taliban would not sever ties with al-Qaeda and other foreign fighters,”; Tolo reported on Friday, citing several officials who claimed that “there is a presence of ‘Al Qaeda and other foreign fighters ranging from Helmand’s Disho district to some districts in Herat,” an area spanning many miles.
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Khan also stressed that Al Qaeda currently has a presence in the Bahramcha region of Helmand’s Disho district to Herat province and that its operators “are providing training and support to the Taliban,” in addition to supplying materials. .
Another Afghan military brass said the Taliban had “changed tactics” in recent weeks, relying on imports of material from abroad to make its own mines and projectiles. .
However, the US government has vowed to move forward with the Taliban agreement reached in February. The deal involves the deployment of US troops on the ground, even as Afghanistan remains engulfed in high levels of violence – claiming the highest number of terrorist deaths from around the world.
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There were nearly 8,500 terrorist attacks globally in 2019, killing more than 20,300 people; about 5,460 were known perpetrators, and 14,840 were victims, according to a report earlier this month by the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).
According to the data, the number of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan increased by 2 percent between 2018 and 2019. The death toll in Taliban attacks rose 9 percent between 2018 and 2019, “essentially supporting the escalation that has taken place in Afghanistan in recent years.”
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“While the Taliban engaged in peace talks with the United States, Afghanistan experienced 21 percent of all terrorist attacks worldwide in 2019, and 41 percent of the all people killed in terrorist attacks (including assailants) in 2019 were killed in Afghanistan, ”the report said. “The Taliban in Afghanistan was responsible for more terrorist attacks in 2019 than any other far-reaching group, and those attacks resulted in more deaths than the ten most deadly perpetrator groups combined.”