UN, Russia voice concerns over Daesh in Afghanistan

Published March 17th, 2015 - 08:00 GMT

The UN and Russia have voiced concern about reports that Daesh is increasing its activities in war-torn Afghanistan.

Addressing a Monday meeting of the UN Security Council, Nicholas Haysom, the top UN envoy in Afghanistan, warned that Daesh has a potential “to offer an alternative flagpole to which otherwise isolated insurgent splinter groups can rally.”

He, however, said that the terrorist group, which mainly operates in Syria and Iraq, hasn’t developed “firm roots” in Afghanistan.

Russia’s Deputy UN Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov also echoed the concerns, urging the Security Council to stop the expansion of Daesh

Safronkov said Moscow is concerned about “increasingly frequent reports of the worsening situation in the north of Afghanistan” and near the borders with former Soviet republics.

Safe haven

He added that the terrorist group has set up camps in northern Afghanistan to recruit militants.

“The states of the region have legitimate concerns about this turn of events,” Safronkov said, adding, “Turning it into yet another safe haven for fighters and extremists is categorically unacceptable.”

Afghanistan’s UN Ambassador Zahir Tanin confirmed reports that the terrorist group is operating in his country, but said that “the main enemy we face is the Taliban that continue to fight against us.”

He added that there may also be “some splinter groups with more extreme orientations.”

UN resolution

At the end of the meeting, the Security Council adopted a resolution urging the Afghan government to continue efforts to tackle threats from the Taliban, al-Qaeda, other extremist groups and drug traders with help from the international community. The resolution did not mention Daesh by name.

The Daesh militants control some parts of Syria and Iraq, and have been carrying out horrific acts of violence such as public decapitations and crucifixions against all ethnic and religious communities.

Editor's noteThis article has been edited from the source material.


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