A recent report from the United Nations that talks about something really concerning. It says that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other groups connected to Al Qaeda are giving weapons to the Islamic State or Da’esh. These weapons are just like the ones used by NATO! The report was discussed in a Security Council meeting in New York and it focuses on the problem of weapons spreading in Afghanistan, the Middle East, and Africa.
This week, the UN made the report public and it has made a lot of people worried. Two important UN officials who work against terrorism shared their insights in the report. They talked about how Da’esh and its friends are getting their hands on small guns, light weapons, drones, and homemade bombs. This is a big deal because it means that these dangerous groups are getting more powerful and dangerous. The rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan has made many countries worried about the increase in weapons and military stuff in Afghanistan and nearby countries.
Who’s Giving the Weapons?
The report says that groups like the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (also known as the Turkistan Islamic Party) are giving weapons to Da’esh. These weapons look a lot like the ones that the old Afghan National Defense and Security Forces used to have. It’s really scary to think that these groups are helping Da’esh become stronger.
When the Taliban spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, heard about these claims, he said they were not true. He denied that the Taliban is helping Da’esh and said that since the Taliban took over, Da’esh has been stopped from doing bad things in Afghanistan. Mujahid thinks that these claims might be made up to make Da’esh feel better and to support their goals.
The Threat Continues
Even though many countries are working together to fight against terrorism, Da’esh and its friends are still a big problem. The head of the UN Counter-Terrorism Office, Vladimir Voronkov, talked about this in a Security Council meeting. He said that we need to keep working hard to understand and stop these groups. Da’esh is growing in some parts of Africa, like the Sahel region, and they are attacking places like Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger. So, it’s really important for countries to work together and keep an eye on these dangerous groups. We need to make sure they don’t get more weapons and become even more powerful. Stay safe, everyone!