Al Qaeda is operating across entire Afghanistan and not confined to one region of the country, according to commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General Miller.
In a report by Bill Roggio in the FDD Long War Journal, it was written that General Austin Miller, the commander of Resolute Support Mission and US Forces in Afghanistan, that all Qaeda’s footprint spans all regions of Afghanistan.
“We have seen al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Yes, in different parts of Afghanistan,” Miller said, according to TOLONews. “In different parts of Afghanistan, we can find them, so it’s not one particular region, it’s across the country.”
As per FDD’s data which tracks the terrorist group’s operations and movement, as well as the US and Afghan military’s operations against them, it is shown that al Qaeda and allied terrorist groups have been operating on Afghan soil for the past two decades with the approval of the Taliban.
These terrorist organizations often operate in areas controlled by the Taliban – and the jihadists killed in coalition or Afghan raids often die alongside members of the Afghan Taliban.
Since 2007, NATO, US, and Afghan forces, have launched at least 373 operations against these foreign terror groups in 27 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.
While testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in July 2016, even Zalmay Khalilzad, who currently serves as the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, “personally described the Taliban as an extremist organization with enduring ties to al Qaeda, and said the two would not part ways”, as per the report.