Kabul: The Taliban-led government in Afghanistan has denied a UN report that claimed possible escalation of fighting among armed groups in the country, saying that Kabul is is not “facing any imminent or possible threat.”
The report compiled by UN experts said the presence of the Islamic State (IS), Al Qaeda, and “many other terrorist groups and fighters on Afghan soil” is raising concerns in neighbouring countries and the wider international community, TOLO News reported.
It further said that neither the IS or Al Qaeda “is believed to be capable of mounting international attacks before 2023 at the earliest, regardless of their intent or of whether the Taliban acts to restrain them”.
“Taliban are starting to see the National Resistance Front challenge fading while recognizing IS-K (Khorasan) as a more long-term and serious threat,” the report added.
Responding to the report, Taliban’s deputy spokesman Inamullah Samangani said that armed groups have been suppressed in recent months in the country.
“The Islamic Emirate is not facing any imminent or possible threat of the armed groups. The Islamic Emirate has been successful in suppressing many groups and terrorists. It is providing security all over the country,” Tolo News quoted Samangani as saying.