Iran accuses US of transferring IS militants to Afghanistan

KABUL (TCA) — This is not the first time that the United States has been accused of providing transportation to Islamic State (IS) members, but the US has previously denied such allegations, Russia’s Sputnik news agency reported.

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, cited by Iran’s Tasnim News Agency, raised the alarm over an alleged transportation of Daesh (Islamic State) militants to Afghanistan from Syria organized by the US, stating that such actions could provoke a future resurgence of terrorism in the region.

“Over the past year, the US has moved a large number of Daesh terrorists to Afghanistan, which could once again create the same troubles in some parts of Asia that it created in Iraq and Syria,” he said.

Larijani also praised the ongoing cooperation between Iran, China, Pakistan, Turkey, Russia, and Afghanistan in combating terrorism.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei accused the US in January 2018 of deliberately assisting in the relocation of Daesh militants to Afghanistan in a bid to “justify the continuation of its [military] presence in the region”.

Although Washington has yet to respond to Larijani’s accusations, in December 2017, the US Operation Inherent Resolve’s Public Affairs Office firmly denied one such accusation, claiming it to be “a laughably bad attempt at misinformation”.

The US has forces deployed in Syria, without a UN mandate or invitation from Damascus, claiming that it is targeting Daesh terrorists located in the country.

Sergey Kwan

TCA

Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
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Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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