23 january 2019

Central Asia news

More than 120 ISIS fighters killed in north and east of Afghanistan

04.01.2018 14:24 msk


Afghan soldiers. Photo from the interris.it website
The Afghan armed forces in the course of a large-scale operation in the north and east of Afghanistan have killed over 120 militants of the so-called "Islamic State" (the banned terrorist organisation "the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant", ISIL, ISIS or IS Eng., Daesh Arab., DAIS). At least 26 militants have been destroyed in the Darzab district and two other counties in the northern province of Jowzjan.

Nasratullah Jamshidi, a representative of the 209th Corps "Shahin" of the Afghan army in Mazar-e-Sharif, has informed Fergana News about this. He has noted that among the dead were local leaders - Kari Shuja, Domullo Suhbatullah, Domullo Hakim, Rais Gani and Rahim Aga. They were known as ISIS militants in northern Afghanistan. According to Jamshidi, the operation in the region is continuing, and the army is moving to the phase of total cleaning and house searches in those areas where, according to intelligence, insurgents may hide.

Residents of Darzab, who were forced to leave their homes and move to the administrative centre of Shibergan province, reported to Fergana News on 3 January that the operation of the Afghan army has been carrying its operation for a third day with a support of helicopters.

According to the residents, the military commanders promised to release their areas of residence from the ISIS and said that soon all residents could return to their homes. While representatives of the Jowzjan province administration assured the residents to help them with essentials and medicines.

Today, the representative of Afghanistan's Ministry of Defence, General Dawlat Waziri has told the media that a large-scale operation is effective in the eastern province of Nangarhar. As a result, besides wounded, about 100 militants were killed. One civilian killed and more than ten severely injured.

Today, representatives of the administration and councillors of the Sar-e Pol province told Fergana News that ISIS fighters force the residents to fight for them. "ISIS militants during the operation of the Afghan army robbed the houses of residents, searched vehicles that travelled from different areas to Shibergan, and forced men to go along with them to fight against the Afghan army," said city councillor of the province Hussein Mujahidzada. According to him, in some districts of the Sayad district of Sar-e Pol province, ISIS militants warned both residents and the Taliban group that they would fight together with them against the government army - otherwise, they will face the death penalty and their houses burned.

In the meantime, Zabiullah Amani, a spokesman for the province's administration, said that ISIS groups in the province are mainly made up of former Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan fighters, and the terrorist command post is in Sayad district.

Militants are daily patrolling the highway that connects this county with the province of Shibergan, search the workers of the administration and those who serve in the authorities, taking valuables away from the passing travellers. Those who resist them are killed. "Every day we have more than five dead at the hands of ISIS," he said.

Fergana News Agency