• publish: 22 May 2019
  • time: 1:02 pm
  • category: Politics
  • No: 8401
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Top US commander in Afghanistan says al Qaeda present across country

The top US general in Afghanistan said on Tuesday that al Qaeda militants are present across the country.

“We have seen al Qaeda in Afghanistan,” General Scott Miller, who commands U.S. forces and the NATO-led non-combat Resolution Support (RS) mission in Afghanistan, said addressing reporters in Kabul.

“In different parts of Afghanistan we can find them, so, it is not one particular region, it is across the country,” he said when asked about the issue by 1TV journalist.

On Daesh, Miller described it as a “very dangerous” organization to Afghanistan, the region and the world.

“Daesh is something that we have pretty strong focus on with our Afghan security partners and we are going to continue to pressure them and watch them in places like Kabul as well as different provinces across Afghanistan and we apply pressure where we find them,” Miller said.

Miller’s remarks about presence of terrorist groups in Afghanistan come as US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has held six rounds of talks with the Taliban, which has ties with al Qaeda.

The sides have reported progress on preventing Afghanistan from being used by terrorist groups and troop withdrawal.

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