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Some facts about the #foreign_fighters (FFs) living under the #Taliban's shadow:
1. There are a couple of thousands of FFs living in #AFG under the TB's regime. Majority of them are settled in the east (Kunar&Nangarhar) & north (Badakhshan&Takhar) of AFG.
2. Pakistanis & citizens of Central Asian countries make the absolute majority of the FFs in AFG, followed by Arabs, Indians, Turks...
FFs in small numbers are scattered all over AFG, from south to north and from east to west.
3. While the FFs supported the TB in last 2 decades,
... the IEA have to host and protect them mainly for two reasons:
A. Religion and AFG traditions not allow the TB to expel the FFs or to handover them to their enemies (their countries of origin).
B. The TB can use the FFs as bargaining chips and as a means of pressure against...
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The US Department of Treasury designated Ismatullah Khalozai, a financial facilitator for #ISKP, who has provided support to ISKP’s operations in #AFG by facilitating international financial transactions& movement of #foreign_fighters who seek to escalate tensions in AFG& region.
"For 2 years, Ismatullah Khalozai operated a #Turkey-based #hawala business to transfer funds to finance #ISKP operations. Previously, he operated a #UAE-based financing scheme to generate funds in support of ISKP.
Khalozai has also carried out human smuggling operations 4 ISKP."
Meanwhile, the US @StateDept designated three more #ISKP leaders including the Emir (Sanaullah a.k.a. Shahab al-Muhajir), Cheif Propagandist (Sultan Aziz Azam) and Head of Kabul Operations (Mawlawi Rajab), as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (#SDGT).
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The below report about #foreign_fighters in the north of #AFG is mainly based on incorrect info from anonymous and irrelevant sources, and looks more like a propaganda paper against the #Taliban.
There are some obvious facts that don't need much inquiry:…
The issue of new weapons& equipment is very clear. In all AFG, now TB have control over weapons depots& a large number of new military vehicles, & it is not specific to the north or Tajikistani fighters.
No source confirmed to me, the deployment of Tajik fighters to border areas.
While the report quoted Tajik& Afghan sources saying at least 200 militants from Tajikistan are currently based along the border, the actual number of all FFs in the north is about 300 with Tajiks making less than 100 out of it (2nd large group after Uzbeks among Central Asians).
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