ISIS intruding into Afghanistan via Iran, claims Hekmatyar
KABUL: The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbudddin Hekmatyar claims that the foreign militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group are intruding into Afghanistan via Iran.
He made the remarks while speaking during a gathering in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan.
Hekmatyar said there are three types of militants currently operating under the shadow of the ISIS group, including the former Taliban militants who have pledged allegiance to the group.
According to Hekmatyar, ISIS militants from Iraq are also operating in Afghanistan but he emphasized that those militants cannot come to Afghanistan via air or Russia, except Iran.
The leader of Hezb-e-Islami also added that the third type of ISIS which is the most dangerous is the ISIS affiliates in uniform or the governmental ISIS loyalists.
He did not elaborate further in this regard but regarding his claims about Iran, Hekmatyar said he believes that Iran is attempting to use the ISIS in Afghanistan similar as it did in Iraq and Syria.
Hekmatyar says he has gained access to lots of information regarding the ISIS group which have been sharedwith the government.
According to Hekmatyar, ISIS is a game and a tool for the players for their communication as he claimed that the ISIS attacks increase in Afghanistan when tensions intensify between US and its and its rivals which means that the US rivals have direct involvement and hand behind ISIS growth in Afghanistan.