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Daesh Looks to Expand Presence in Kunar: Residents Warn

Residents in the eastern province of Kunar on Monday raised concerns over what they described as Daesh’s new efforts to expand its presence in the region. 
 
They said that over the past few months, Daesh militants have significantly increased their activities in at least six districts in the province. 
 
If action is not taken, Daesh may reach the provincial capital Assad Abad, residents warned. 
 
But local officials in Kunar have said the presence of Daesh in the province was not inflicting threats to the province’s stability and security. 
 
“I call on the local and central government to take action about this issue so that the day does not come that the defeat of the group becomes very difficult,” said a Kunar resident Mohammad Sapai. 
 
“Since last year we have killed almost 80 top leaders and commanders of the group,” said Juma Gul Hemat, police chief. 
 
“Daesh fighters are in several districts, and many families have been displaced in one district in the province,” said another resident Zahidullah. 
 
“They are continuing their propaganda to recruit more people,” warned one resident Rohullah.
 
Reports by Kunar’s security officials indicate that almost ten insurgent groups are currently operating in Kunar. But residents say that Daesh is one of the biggest threats to the province.

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Daesh Looks to Expand Presence in Kunar: Residents Warn

Residents warn that Daesh is gaining a foothold in the province but some officials have said the group does not pose a threat to stability. 

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Residents in the eastern province of Kunar on Monday raised concerns over what they described as Daesh’s new efforts to expand its presence in the region. 
 
They said that over the past few months, Daesh militants have significantly increased their activities in at least six districts in the province. 
 
If action is not taken, Daesh may reach the provincial capital Assad Abad, residents warned. 
 
But local officials in Kunar have said the presence of Daesh in the province was not inflicting threats to the province’s stability and security. 
 
“I call on the local and central government to take action about this issue so that the day does not come that the defeat of the group becomes very difficult,” said a Kunar resident Mohammad Sapai. 
 
“Since last year we have killed almost 80 top leaders and commanders of the group,” said Juma Gul Hemat, police chief. 
 
“Daesh fighters are in several districts, and many families have been displaced in one district in the province,” said another resident Zahidullah. 
 
“They are continuing their propaganda to recruit more people,” warned one resident Rohullah.
 
Reports by Kunar’s security officials indicate that almost ten insurgent groups are currently operating in Kunar. But residents say that Daesh is one of the biggest threats to the province.

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