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Afghanistan Update:

Head of NDS Says Political Parties are Supporting ISIS in Afghanistan

In a story that was originally published by 8am news but now deleted, Director of NDS Ahmad Zia Siraj says that some political parties are working to strengthen ISIS in Afghanistan. The story is still available at Tasnim News Agency

According to Tasnim News Agency, during a visit to Parwan Province in northern Afghanistan, Ahmad Zia Siraj, Afghanistan's Director of National Security, said some political parties are working to strengthen the ISIS terrorist group in the country. Without mentioning the pro-ISIS parties, he intimated that Hizb ut-Tahrir and Hezb-e-Islami led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar are the primary parties involved. He further stressed that security forces will prevent the activities of these parties.

Earlier, some media outlets in Afghanistan, warned against the government's silence concerning the activities of Hizb ut-Tahrir in the country. Specifically, they warned that the party was trying to attract people through simple and seductive slogans to establish an "Islamic caliphate" and to attract university students.

After the emergence of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Afghanistan in 2003 and years of underground activity in Afghanistan, yesterday, on the 100th anniversary of the fall of the Ottoman Empire (the last Islamic Caliphate), it officially raised its black flag and claimed that it wanted to "establish a caliphate" in Afghanistan.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar had recently called on Hezb-e-Islami fighters to support ISIS in their conflict with the Taliban.

Two years ago, local sources told NNTK Asia that Hezb-e-Islami, led by Hekmatyar, was in the process of training ISIS fighters in eastern Afghanistan.

According to the report, "Amanullah Khan, Hezb-e-Islami commander in Kunar province, is responsible for training terrorist group fighters in the east of the country. During this meeting with Amanullah Khan, Hekmatyar asked him to train a group of ISIS fighters and then place them in the Shigal district of Kunar Province.

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