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Over 50,000 Militants from 21 Groups Are In Afghanistan: Defense Ministry

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Friday October 26, 2018 Kabul (BNA) More than 50,000 militants from 21 terrorists organizations are currently operating in Afghanistan, the country’s deputy defense minister, Hilaluddin Helal said on Friday. Out of these 70 percent are Pakistani. “Currently, 21 terrorists organizations are operating in the country. The total number of militants stands at 50,200,” Helal said at the eight Beijing Xiangshan Forum on defense, which opened on Thursday. The added that Afghansitan had become “A central battlefield” for members of various terrorist organizations that are “fighting for influence in the region.” “[The number of militants active in Afghanistan] include 8,023 international terrorists,” Helal stressed, noting that Taliban is the biggest group operation in the country and is comprised of about 38,000 people. The Islamic State terrorist group now has over 2,000 members in Afghanistan, he underlined. “As much as 70 percent of IS [Members] are Pakistanis, 6 percent are Uzbeks, 4 percent are Chechens, 3 percent are Arabs, 1 percent are Chinese and 14 percent are Afghans,” Helal pointed out. Afghanistan has long been suffering from a unstable political, social and security situation due to simmering Taliban insurgency. The violence is exacerbated by the activities of various terrorist groups, including the IS. ANI/Sputnik Ansari

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