Kabul rejects US report on Al-Qaeda, Daesh

KABUL (TOLOnews): The Islamic Emirate rejects the US State Department’s 2022 annual terrorism report about the activity of al-Qaeda and Daesh elements in Afghanistan, which was released by the US State Department.

The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, told TOLOnews that in the two years of the rule of the Islamic Emirate, no threat has been made to any country from Afghanistan.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has seriously started its fight against any phenomenon that incites insecurity in Afghanistan and has stood up effectively. Therefore, Afghanistan is safe. Expressing concerns about Afghanistan’s soil is not true, we reject it. And all countries should recognize Afghanistan as a safe area,” Mujahid said.

On November 30, the US State Department released a report dated April 2023 that focused on terrorism in 2022 and which claimed that Al-Qaeda, Daesh and other regional terrorist groups remained active in Afghanistan.

“In Afghanistan, al-Qa’ida elements, ISIS, and regionally focused terrorist groups remained active in the country. ISIS-Khorasan (ISIS-K) continued to conduct terrorist attacks against Afghan civilians, particularly members of the Shia community, and the Taliban. In 2022, ISIS-K conducted cross-border attacks in Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan and maintained ambitions to attack the West. Al-Qa’ida and its affiliates, particularly al-Qa’ida in the Indian Subcontinent, also remained intent — but lacked the capability — to directly attack the United States from Afghanistan,” the report reads.

The lack of clarity in the ability of the Islamic Emirate to prevent the activities of terrorist groups has also been criticized in the report.

“While the Taliban committed to preventing terrorist groups from using Afghanistan to conduct attacks against the United States and its allies, its ability to prevent al-Qa’ida elements, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, and ISIS-K from mounting external operations remained unclear,” the report added.

According to military experts, this report of the US is not free from the country’s political views on Afghanistan.

“The reports of the US State Department, which are published annually and quarterly, are not blind to political positions of the US government,” Asadullah Nadim, a military expert, told TOLOnews.

This comes as Pakistan is claiming that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and other terrorist groups have a safe haven in Afghanistan — claims which have always been denied by the Islamic Emirate.