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UN envoy says Islamic State now appears present in all Afghan provinces

The U.N. envoy to Afghanistan on Wednesday delivered a bleak evaluation of the state of affairs following the Taliban takeover, saying that an affiliate of the Islamic State group has grown and now seems current in almost all 34 provinces.

U.N. Particular Consultant Deborah Lyons informed the U.N. Safety Council that the Taliban’s response to Islamic State-Khorasan Province’s (ISKP) enlargement “seems to rely closely on extrajudicial detentions and killings” of suspected ISKP fighters.

“That is an space deserving extra consideration from the worldwide neighborhood,” she mentioned. Her feedback got here hours after the group — an ideological foe of the Taliban — claimed accountability for 2 blasts that killed a minimum of one particular person and wounded six others in a closely Shiite Muslim neighborhood of Kabul.

The Taliban, she mentioned, has been unable to stem ISKP’s progress.”As soon as restricted to a couple provinces and the capital, ISKP now appears to be current in almost all provinces, and more and more lively,” Lyons mentioned, including that the variety of the group’s assaults have elevated from 60 strikes in 2020 to 334 this yr.

Whereas the Taliban is making “real efforts to current itself as a authorities” since seizing Kabul in August after a 20-year conflict with the USA, they proceed excluding representatives of different sectors of society and curbing the rights of ladies and women.

The U.N. mission often receives credible studies of home searches and the “extrajudicial killings” of former safety personnel and officers, she mentioned. Lyons warned anew of a humanitarian disaster as winter looms on account of a failing economic system and drought.

She implored the worldwide neighborhood to search out methods to fund the salaries of healthcare staff, lecturers and
humanitarian staff, saying humanitarian help is inadequate.

The financial collapse will gas illicit drug, arms and human trafficking and unregulated cash exchanges that “can solely assist facilitate terrorism,” Lyons mentioned. “These pathologies will first have an effect on Afghanistan,” she mentioned.
“Then they are going to infect the area.”

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