UN envoy says Islamic State now seems current in all Afghan provinces


WASHINGTON:

The UN envoy to Afghanistan on Wednesday delivered a bleak evaluation of the state of affairs following the Taliban takeover, saying that an affiliate of the militant Islamic State group has grown and now seems current in nearly all 34 provinces of the nation.

UN Special Representative Deborah Lyons informed the UN Security Council that the Taliban’s response to Islamic State-Khorasan Province’s (ISKP) growth “appears to rely heavily on extrajudicial detentions and killings” of suspected ISKP fighters.

“This is an area deserving more attention from the international community,” she mentioned.

Her feedback got here hours after the group – an ideological foe of the Taliban – claimed accountability for 2 blasts that killed at the least one particular person and wounded six others in a closely Shia Muslim neighbourhood of Kabul.

The Taliban, she mentioned, has been unable to stem ISKP’s progress.

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“Once limited to a few provinces and the capital, ISKP now seems to be present in nearly all provinces, and increasingly active,” Lyons mentioned, including that the variety of the group’s assaults have elevated from 60 strikes in 2020 to 334 this 12 months.

While the Taliban is making “genuine efforts to present itself as a government” since seizing Kabul in August after a 20-year struggle with the United States, they proceed excluding representatives of different sectors of society.

Lyons warned anew of a humanitarian disaster as winter looms resulting from a failing economic system and drought.

She implored the worldwide neighborhood to search out methods to fund the salaries of healthcare employees, academics and humanitarian employees, saying humanitarian help is inadequate.

The financial collapse will gasoline illicit drug, arms and human trafficking and unregulated cash exchanges that “can only help facilitate terrorism,” Lyons mentioned.

“These pathologies will first affect Afghanistan,” she mentioned. “Then they will infect the region.”

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