The Taliban have rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that the Islamic State (IS) has a presence in the north of Afghanistan, reported local media. On Friday, Putin during a virtual summit with the leaders of the Commonwealth Independent States (CIS) said that IS is active in the north of Afghanistan.
Officials from the Cultural Commission of the Taliban’s Ministry of Information and Culture said reports about Daesh presence in the north of Afghanistan are not true, reported TOLO news. Anaamullah Samangani, a member of the commission, said: “Concerns expressed in this regard are, to some extent, baseless. Daesh has no support from the people in any part of Afghanistan. “Russia’s estimate shows that around 2,000 IS fighters are in the north of Afghanistan and they pose threats against CIS states.”