There have been intense attacks by the Taliban in Helmand province of Afganistan. A top Afgan official recently said that fighters from Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) are involved in this. LeT and JeM are Pakistan-based terrorist groups. The province has suffered violent clashes between the two since the last weekend. UN has recently said that around 35,000 people have replaced due to this fight. Taliban cadres launched offensives to capture cities and several districts. This includes the provincial capital of Lakshargah too.
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Governor of Helmand, Yasin Khan said foreign fighters of LeT, JeM, and al-Qaeda are helping the Taliban in the attacks. The latter captured many check posts. Afghan forces, however, have counter-attacked to drive them out. Taliban have provided safe places to stay for foreign fighters from these three terrorist groups. In return, they are providing training for bomb-making to fighters of the Taliban. They are also providing the Taliban with the military. Khan said this as Tolo News Channel reported.
Khan said, “There is the presence of Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba, al-Qaeda, and Central Asia. They are collaborating with the Taliban now and in the past too.”
A former Indian intelligence official said reports suggested the Taliban fighters in Helmand were not in control of the Organisation’s leaders. The above-mentioned officer was once involved in tracking developments in Afganistan.
“Reports also tell that the groups in Helmand are also the influence of Iran. This was the reason why the US launched counter strikes in Helmand swiftly. The province has importance because it has from past, been the way to capturing power in Kabul,” he said, refusing to be recognized.
People belonging to the development part also said that the Taliban groups in Helman were being helped and organized by Pakistan. Iran is also supporting these groups and was being opposed to the talks underway in Doha.
Helmand is also important as it is one of the main poppy-growing areas in Afganistan. It is crucial for the illegal trade of narcotics, which generates major funds for the Taliban. A report issued by the UN in May said there are some 6,500 Pakistanis among foreign terrorists operating in Afganistan. Also, JeM and LeT play a vital role in bringing foreign fighters into the war-torn country.
UN Security Council’s analytical report also has something about this. It says, “The groups have a presence in the eastern Afghan provinces of Kunar, Nangarhar, and Nuristan. Here they operate under the umbrella of the Afghan Taliban” ”