The United Nations issues its semi-annual report on militant groups

United Nations (news now) – 06/02/2022. 07:41

A semi-annual report of the United Nations talks about the weakness of ISIS and Al-Qaeda

  • The rise of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan has raised global concerns
  • The leadership of ISIS and al-Qaeda is facing difficulties
  • There are no indications that the Taliban has taken steps to limit the activity of foreign fighters

The United Nations Monitoring Team released its semi-annual report on al-Qaeda and ISIS.

Some salient points on the issues of al-Qaeda, ISIS and Afghanistan

  • During the reporting period, the rise of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan Global concerns about the possibility of it becoming a safe haven for al-Qaeda and its affiliates.
  • The leadership of ISIS and al-Qaeda is facing difficulties; The now-deceased ISIS leader did not communicate directly with his supporters during the reporting period.
  • Al-Qaeda is concerned with future leadership but there is evidence of life for Al-Zawahiri since 2021. Al-Qaeda is backed by the Taliban’s seizure of power with the closest Taliban sympathizers occupying high positions in the new government; An Iran-based “justice” could be established in Afghanistan if he succeeded al-Zawahiri.
  • There are no indications that the Taliban have taken steps to limit the activity of foreign fighters, on the contrary, they indicate that they are enjoying greater freedom.
  • Member states have reported that there has been no significant new movement of foreign fighters into Afghanistan since the Taliban seized power.
  • Al Qaeda’s commitment in Afghanistan to silence to help Taliban To recognize and recover from losses. It lacks the ability to international attack, which is a long-term goal.
  • Al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia has a presence in several provinces, with a size of 200 to 400 members, Abdullah bin Laden’s son traveled to Afghanistan and met with the Taliban. ISIS Khorasan considers itself as rejecting the Taliban, and its strength increased to 4000 after the release of its prisoners in August; Mohajer remains the group’s leader, and since his release Aslam Farooqi has returned to the group in a major role.
  • The Central Asian embassies in Kabul noted that the leaders of the IJG, KIB, etc. had traveled freely to Kabul; They also have freedom of movement; Dekhanov wants IJG Mamtov and KIB to unite jihadist groups in Central Asia under their leadership but the Taliban prefer to integrate them into a new army.
  • The Taliban moved its fighters from positions along the China border to other provinces to protect and rein in the group. TIP works with Al-Qaeda, Pakistani Taliban, Ansar Allah group, who are encouraged to become refugees, AFG citizens; TIP and Central Asian militants hope to obtain and travel with Afghan passports.
  • The size of the forces of the Pakistani Taliban in Afghanistan ranges between 3,000 and 5,000 fighters. According to one member, there have been talks between the Pakistani Taliban and the Pakistani government to resettle members of the Pakistani Taliban family in Pakistan.
  • Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabab is thriving in Somalia, making its way into the neighborhood of the country, and generating a lot of revenue on a monthly basis.
  • In Mali, JNIM has made decisive gains, it is able to threaten the Malian capital, Bamako.
  • In northwestern Syria, repelled Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham Al-Qaeda affiliate Hurras al-Din, which is consequently at its weakest, and its long-term viability is called into question.
  • Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula suffers from setbacks. Its leader, Khaled Batarfi, is a rising second-generation leader of al-Qaeda, and he has highlighted efforts to regroup and launch operations targeting the West.

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