Afghan official reports Daesh forced to go underground with fewer than 10,000 fighters while Taliban expands

The militants of the Islamic State terrorist group (banned in Russia) have gone underground in Afghanistan, with the size of the organization’s sleeper cells in the country currently amounting to less than 10,000, Mohammad Mohaqiq, the second deputy chief executive of Afghanistan, told Sputnik in an interview. “Takfiris [followers of a radical Islamist ideology] and Daesh terrorists do not have official presence in the provinces of Faryab, Jowzjan and Sar-e Pol, however, despite this, they are hiding in sleeper cells, there are also a number of camps, where the foreigners are undergoing training, but they do not openly declare their presence,” Mohaqiq said. He added that the terrorists operating in the country had suffered considerable casualties in fights with the Taliban radical movement.

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