26 June 2019

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The Daesh group in Afghanistan is a “very worrisome” threat to the United States, and US counterterrorism efforts have yet to shrink its extremist ambitions, Head of US Central Command Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie said Wednesday, according to Military Times report.
“ISIS (Daesh) in Afghanistan certainly has aspirations to attack the United State,” McKenzie said. “It is our clear judgment that as long as we maintain pressure on them it will be hard for them to do that.”
\McKenzie, with responsibility for managing American military operations across the greater Middle East, spoke in Germany with reporters returning home with him from an eight-day trip that took him to Qatar, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.
He also spent two days aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in the North Arabian Sea.
He stopped at Germany’s Ramstein air base to refuel his airplane before flying to this headquarters in Florida.
Earlier this week, the Associated Press cited US, and Afghan security officials in reporting that the Daesh group in Afghanistan is expending its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the United States and other Western countries.
McKenzie, a veteran of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, said he believes ISIS in Afghanistan has not expanded its capabilities but remains a big problem.
“They are very worrisome to us” in their strongholds in eastern Afghanistan, he said, adding that combat operations have failed to reduce the group’s fighting ranks.  Others have said they are thought to number in the thousands.
The Daesh affiliate appeared in Afghanistan shortly after the group’s core fighters swept across Syria and Iraq in the summer of 2014, carving out a self-styled Islamic empire in both countries.
The Afghanistan affiliate refers to itself as the Khorasan Province, a name applied to parts of Afghanistan, Iran and central Asia in the middle Ages.
US forces in Afghanistan are combatting the Daesh group separately from their mission of advising and assisting Afghan defense forces in their battle against the Taliban.

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The national defense ministry reported from killing of 38 armed oppositions in different parts of the country.
National defense ministry with releasing a statement told BNA, the defense and security forces in the last 24 hours conducting joint offensive operations to annihilate strongholds of the insurgents in different parts of the country, killed 38 armed oppositions and injured 13 others.
The operations with support of Afghan air forces carried out in Paktika, Ghazni, Paktia, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Ghor, Balkh, Sar-e-Pul, Kapisa and Kunar provinces.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Pul-e-Khomri (BNA) Three Taliban leaders were killed in Baghlan province last night.
Sahib Dad Ghafoori Doshi District governor told BNA, three Taliban leaders with two of his colleagues were killed in Khas contingent operation in outskirt of Doshi District.
According to another report, Taliban shot dead two civilians in outskirt of Tala and Barfak District, Baghlan province in two last day.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Asadabad (BNA) A commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba was killed with his three comrades in Kunar province yesterday.
Mohammad Haroon Yousofzai Selab 201 army corps told BNA, Majid known to Adalat Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group commander with his three comrades were killed in a clearing operation conducted by ANA forces in Khoshaltala region, Asmar District, Kunar province.
In the operation five members of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group were injured, said the source.
The Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group were involved in deadly raids in 2008 in Mumbai of India.
T. Yarzada