Afghan forces have killed a Wahhabis-allied Deobandi takfiri militant commander for links to the Salafi-Wahhabi takfiri terrorist outfit ISIL (aka ISIS or Daish) in an air strike, officials said Monday. It is relevant to add here that DAISH Khorasan chapter includes Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, and some parts of India and some Central Asian States.
Deobandi cleric Hafiz Waheed, a successor to Abdul Rauf Khadim who died in a US drone strike last month, was killed along with nine others in the Sangin district of Helmand province late on Sunday, according to the Afghan defence ministry statement. Abdul Rauf Khadim who recruited Deobandi Taliban for DAISH/ISIL was in fact released from Guantanamo Bay prison of the U.S. Army.
“All the militants were associated with ISIL group,” the statement said, adding that six others were wounded in the strike. Nato forces, who remain in the country in a limited training mission, were not involved in the operation, a spokesman said.
Zamen Ali, a senior Afghan army officer in southern Afghanistan, told AFP that Waheed took over Deobandi takfiri militia Khadim had commanded following his death on February 9.
Khadim, Waheed’s uncle, was a former Taliban commander and Guantanamo detainee who changed his allegiance to the DAISH, raising fears the jihadist group was seeking to expand its operations in Afghanistan following the end of NATO forces’ 13-year combat mission at the end of 2014.
Rasol Zazai, an army spokesman in Helmand province told AFP that Waheed’s followers were active in several areas of Sangin district, where the military began an operation in February.
Afghan security officials have launched a major operation against insurgents in Helmand designed to weaken the Taliban before the start of the so-called “fighting season”.