December 19, 2015
The acting-Defense Minister of Afghanistan Mohammad Masoum Stanekzai says that Daesh and Taliban militants receive training at military bases in Pakistan.
Pointing to Pakistan, Stanekzai has said that foreign intelligence tries to push militants into Afghanistan to show that this is the center of terrorism.
Stanekzai, cited by Ariana news, says that Afghan forces will launch a “Winter Offensive” to respond to these threats.
His comments come after the commander of the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan Gen. John Campbell raised concern that the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group are attempting to establish a regional base in Nangarhar province which is on the border with Pakistan.
In an interview with the Associated Press (AP) last week, Gen. Campbell said that the loyalists of the terror group in Afghanistan are also trying to consolidate links with the leadership of the terror group based in Syria and Iraq.
Ashton Carter, the U.S. Secretary of Defense also warned on Friday about the emerging threat of the terror group.
During an unannounced visit to Jalalabad, capital of Nangarhar province, Carter said the threat posed by ISIS terror group is being tracked very closely.