Daesh militants fleeing positions in Afghanistan following military operation

Published March 15th, 2016 - 06:00 GMT
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addresses a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on December 31, 2015. (AFP/File)
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addresses a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on December 31, 2015. (AFP/File)

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani says Daesh militants are fleeing areas under their control in the eastern Nangarhar Province following a massive military operation.

Ghani told reporters during a press briefing in Kabul on Tuesday that ground operations and aerial raids by the Afghan army had played a major role in dislodging Daesh militants from Nangarhar.

The Afghan president also attributed the success to the participation of retired commanders who had joined Afghan commandos during the offensive against the extremists

"I promised the people of Nangarhar that no quarter would be given to Daesh, and none has been given," Ghani said, adding, "In Nangarhar, Daesh is on the run."

The remarks come as Afghan forces have announced victory following a  long operation in  Achin, Shinwar and some other districts of Nangarhar. Daesh has recently gained a foothold in Afghanistan, particularly in Nangarhar province bordering Pakistan.

President Ghani has ordered the army to intensify attacks on the Daesh militants across the war-ravaged country, which has successfully been recruiting local Taliban and other militants to join its ranks.  

Meanwhile, the Afghan Ministry of Defense said in a recent report that Daesh have killed over 600 civilians in the past six months. 

According to the ministry, most of the victims were young people who refused to join the group. The report also says 20,000 families have been internally displaced in the past twelve months.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material.


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