Afghan Forces To Launch Operation Against Daesh In The North

Afghanistan’s military plans to launch a major operation to stop the Daesh group making inroads into the country’s northern provinces officials said Tuesday.

“The Ministry of defense is planning to launch an operation against Daesh in northern provinces of Sari Pul, Faryab and Jowzjan,” defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told AFP.

“We have reports that more than 40 foreign Daesh fighters, mostly Uzbeks, are present in Darzab and Qushtepa districts. They are there to recruit locals and train them to become fighters,” Mohammad Reza Ghafoori, a spokesman for the governor of Jowzjan, told AFP.

On Sunday, AFP reported that French and Algerian fighters, some arriving from Syria, had joined the ranks of the Daesh group in northern Afghanistan where the militants have established new bases.

European and Afghan local sources confirmed that French citizens were among the fighters in Darzab district of Jowzjan province, suggesting they may have links to Islamic State-Khorasan Province (IS-K), the group’s franchise in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

It is the first time that the presence of French Daesh fighters has been recorded in Afghanistan, and comes as analysts suggested foreigners may be heading for the war-torn country after being driven out of Syria and Iraq.

“The government is planning to launch an operation to clear the area from them soon,” he said, also without giving further details.

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