2020-05-19 Afghanistan||Acting Afghan intelligence chief discloses latest findings regarding recent deadly attacks
[KhaamaPress] The acting chief of the Afghan intelligence, National Directorate of Security|
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), said the orchestrators of recent attacks have links with ISIS and Haqqani terrorist network.
Ahmad Zia Saraj told news hounds that the Afghan intelligence has a system in place to exchange information with the United States and that the documents regarding the recent attacks would be shared with the U.S. side.
He also added that the Al Qaeda terrorist network and other groups have further strengthened their ties with the Taliban
group following the signing of peace deal with the United States.
According to Siraj, the Taliban group has carried out at least 3,700 attacks following the signing of the peace deal with the United States.
This comes as the Taliban group rejected their involvement in the recent attacks, particularly the raid on maternity ward in Kabul and the funeral bombing in Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
The Taliban group on Friday issued a statement demanding a transparent and impartial investigations into the deadly attacks in Kabul and Nangarhar provinces.
The group condemned the two attacks in strong words and blamed the ’criminal and malicious elements affiliated with the Afghan government’ for being involved in the two attacks.
"The Islamic Emirate strongly condemned both attacks and clarified that these attacks were the work of criminal and malicious elements who are seeking to attain their malicious objectives by killing defenseless human beings," the group said in a statement.
The statement further added "The Islamic Emirate once again clarifies that it had no hand in the Dashti Barchi incident, considers it a vile, inhumane and an un-Islamic act and shares the grief of the families of deaders and maimed of this tragedy."
Heads of Afghan security agencies at a press conference on Monday justified the change from "active defense mode" -- which was intended as a means of reducing violence following the signing of the US-Taliban deal--to "offense mode," which President Ghani called for days ago in the wake of shocking attacks that took dozens of civilian lives.
The deadly attacks in Kabul and Nangarhar, and a rise in violence by the Taliban in many parts of the country, led President Ghani to call for the military's switch to an aggressive approach, and the officials at the press conference gave supporting evidence for the change.
Speaking at the conference, acting Interior Affairs Minister Gen. Massoud Andarabi said the Taliban has conducted “over 3,800 attacks against the Afghan people and the Afghan government,” and that the group cannot avoid blame for its “crimes” simply by not claiming attacks.
Their conference was held hours after a vehicle-borne bomb exploded at a National Directorate of Security (NDS) facility in the central province of Ghazni, killing eight security force members. The Taliban claimed the attack.
Andarabi said that historical sites were damaged in the attack.
Defending the government’s offensive operations against the Taliban, Andarabi said the Taliban "provides opportunities for other militant groups to operate in Afghanistan."
He added that the Afghan forces are fighting for peace, while "the Taliban is continuing the war on behalf of strangers."
Ahmad Zia Saraj, the acting head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), provided figures on the Taliban’s links with terrorist groups in the region.
He said the Taliban has increased violence and has been seeking to recruit new members. He added that "the Taliban is not thinking about peace, but war."
Saraj briefed the reporters on a recent operation by NDS forces to arrest a key Daesh member, Aslam Farooqi, and other operations to destroy Daesh hideouts around Kabul.
The Taliban’s ties with foreign terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba “have improved” and intense conflicts are ongoing in various parts of the country, Saraj said.
According to him, one of those arrested from a Daesh hideout in the north of Kabul “was a Haqqani network member.”
The acting NDS chief said the Taliban attacked Afghans’ culture by targeting the security forces in Ghazni, who were deployed to safeguard historical sites.
Saraj said Daesh’s main command centers have been destroyed and that attacks in some parts are carried out by small groups of Daesh that have four to five members.
Another official at the press conference was Army Chief of Staff Gen. Bismillah Waziri, who said the people expect the Afghan forces to defend them; therefore, they started ground and air operations and will continue until new orders are given.
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