US Has Moved Daesh Terrorists to Afghanistan: Iran’s Larijani

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani raised the alarm about the US administration’s attempts to revive the Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group in Afghanistan, saying that Washington has moved a large number of them to the country.

Speaking at a meeting with Chen Zu, the vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People's Congress, in Tehran on Thursday, Larijani highlighted the importance of close cooperation between Asian countries in the fight against terrorism.

“Cooperation among the six countries of Iran, China, Pakistan, Turkey, Russia, and Afghanistan in counter-terrorism is very significant,” he said.

“Over the past year, the United States has moved a large number of Daesh terrorists to Afghanistan, which could once again create the same troubles in some parts of Asia that it created in Iraq and Syria,” the parliament speaker noted.

The Chinese parliamentarian, for his part, described reciprocal visits by the two countries’ officials as effective in the bilateral relations between Tehran and Beijing and said China’s goal is to establish lasting relations with Iran and boost regional and international cooperation.

In recent years, the Middle East has been plagued with Takfiri terrorist groups like Daesh, which are believed to have been created and supported by the West and some regional Arab countries.

The terrorist groups, which claim to be Islamic but whose actions are anything but, have been committing heinous crimes not only against non-Muslims but mostly against Muslims in the region.

Iraq and Syria have been among the countries gripped by terrorism.

Iran, a close ally of the two countries, has supported their legitimate governments in their campaign against foreign-backed militancy and terrorism.

In November 2017, Daesh terrorists were flushed out of their last stronghold in Syria’s Al-Bukamal. The city’s liberation marked an end to the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate it had declared in 2014.