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Supporting Taliban to Fight Against Daesh Is A ‘ Big Mistake’: NSA Atmar

(Last Updated On: March 10, 2018)

National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar says International terrorist organizations including Daesh are active under umbrella of the Taliban in Afghanistan, insisting that it is a “big mistake” to support a militant group to fight against other.   

Speaking to Afghan military commanders on Thursday, Atmar said that if the Taliban lay down arms, the other militant groups involved in the ongoing war, will flee outside Afghanistan borders.

He said the international terror networks – including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT),  Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan,  East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM – are active under umbrella of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

In a message to neighboring countries, Atmar said: “Those who support the Taliban to fight Daesh is a mistake because both [groups] are the same.” Adding that the Taliban and Daesh (Islamic State) militant groups are supporting each other in Faryab and Jowzjan provinces.

Following the peace proposal to the Taliban, NSA Atmar stressed that the government talks peace only with the Afghan militant groups. He said making peace with the Taliban and Haqqani Network will ensure stability and security in the region.

This comes as Afghan and U.S. officials accuse Russia and Iran of supporting the Taliban by sheltering, training, funding and arming the insurgent group to undermine the U.S.-led stabilization.

By Shakib Mahmud 

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