ISIS continues to recruit in the border region of Af-Pak: UN report
The United Nations, February 10: ISIS continues to recruit in the Af-Pak border region, even though the terrorist group is in financial difficulty in Afghanistan and has used extortion, UN.
The 19th report of the Analytical Support and Surveillance Team on the terrorist group was submitted to the Security Council’s Sanctions Committee this week.
The report said that a UN member state reported that ISIS had between 2,000 and 3,500 combatants in Afghanistan but that the number had not decreased significantly despite the heavy losses in 2016.
“ISIL continues to be able to recruit in the Afghan-Pakistan border region, and the increase in the refugee population in Afghanistan can be a fertile recruitment group. ISIL was aware of this possibility, “the report said.
Member States also confirmed that the ISIS leader in Afghanistan, Hafiz Saeed Khan, was killed by an air strike in July 2016. Khan was not considered a terrorist under the UN.
“Al-Qaeda leaders in the region have been decimated over the last nine years and reduced to playing the role of leading figures.
Al-Qaeda leader Aiman Muhammad Rabi al-Zawahiri does not issue people or money to affiliates and has trouble communicating with them.
“Although the core of Al-Qaeda knows it can not leave the region, it hopes that the Taliban will succeed and that they will” get the most out of this success, “he said.
The report indicates that ISIS is in financial difficulty in Afghanistan, where it uses local extortion and has had to stop paying its fighters at times, but lack of funds has had no impact On his ambition.
“Nevertheless, the lack of funds does not seem to hamper its ambition, as member states note that it appears to be well equipped and uses military grade explosives for improvised explosive device attacks in Kabul,” he said .
The report added, however, that over the past 12 months the group had lost a considerable amount of territory in eastern Afghanistan and that its ability to capture and detain territory was also affected by clashes with Taliban fighters who were fighting for local influence, Financing and manpower.
He added that Al-Qaeda fighters and in particular “the cells identifying themselves as loyal to Al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent have taken on a more active support role in Afghanistan for the Taliban groups.”
Fighters loyal to al-Qaeda-affiliated groups, including Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, who had moved to Afghanistan, continue to fight in Taliban groups, he said.
One Member State indicated that the Harakat-ul Jihad Islami group was active in the border areas of Bangladesh and cooperated with Al Qaeda in the Indian sub-continent and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba in the region.