A recent UN report has claimed that over 20 regional and international terrorist groups, including Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), are currently active in Afghanistan and fighting against government forces.
“Al-Qaida is eager to expand its presence in Barmak district in Paktika Province. It has been intensifying its concentration in the Afghan-Pakistan border area in close cooperation with Lashkar-e Taiba and Haqqani Network. Al-Qaeda members act as instructors and religious teachers for Taliban personnel and their families,” the report stated.
The report also stated that around 500 LeT fighters are active in Kunar and Nangarhar provinces of the country.
The report also indicated that Al-Qaida continues to see Afghanistan as a safe haven for its leadership based on its long-standing relationship with the Taliban.
“Number if Al-Qaida affiliated currently assessed to be operating in Afghanistan stands at approximately 240, with most significant numbers located in Badakhshan, Kunar, and Zabul provinces,” the report added.