0738 GMT December 06, 2022
A number of consecutive explosions in Afghanistan over the past two months have raised concerns about ensuring security in the country.
It was predicted that ethnic and religious conflicts would be among the likely consequences of the U.S. escape from Afghanistan in utter humiliation after 20 years of occupying the country.
Although a few months after the U.S. troop withdrawal, relative peace was established in Afghanistan, the story did not end there as Washington decided, through its elements, to resort to acts of terror in the country, and provoke different Afghan ethnic and religious groups, as has been the case over the past few weeks.
The United States and Israel benefit the most from terrorist acts in Afghanistan and the region as ensured security and regional states’ greater momentum on the path of progress will be detrimental to the interests of the global hegemonic system, with Washington at its helm.
This comes as greater insecurity in Afghanistan is harmful to the country’s people and the entire region.
Anybody with the least information about the ideologies of the Taliban and Daesh would, based on a logical and scientific analysis, know that the two groups have never been the same. Mainly the American media would name a number of terrorist groups and include the Taliban on that list. They fail to differentiate between the Taliban and Daesh. This comes as the two groups are different in their thoughts, beliefs and acts. Over the past five years, the Taliban have been the sole group standing against Daesh’s development and acts of terror in Afghanistan.
In the aftermath of the former Afghan government’s downfall and the Taliban’s return to power, the group’s fight against Daesh continues with greater seriousness.
Iran maintains that Daesh is a direct creation of the global hegemonic system, mainly the United States and Israel, and sees the resurgence in the terror group’s activities, both in terms of carrying out terrorist attacks and recruiting members, in line with the U.S. interests and policies.
The Islamic Republic does not hold that the Taliban and Daesh are the same, but believes that they are two different and opposing poles in Afghanistan.
Recently, President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi voiced the Islamic Republic’s readiness to help ensure security in Afghanistan – an assistance which no country but Iran is capable of providing its eastern neighbor. Basically, other states do not have any will to this end.
Glancing at the Islamic Republic’s experiences from the 1980s to the present, one can easily see that Iran has achieved numerous successes in fighting domestic, regional and international terrorism, for instance, in Iraq, Syria and against Daesh.
It appears that President Raeisi has expressed Iran’s readiness for contribution to the anti-terror battle in Afghanistan in view of the Islamic Republic’s accumulated experiences in this regard over the past 40 years.
In fact, defeating the inauspicious phenomenon of terrorism in Afghanistan, which has a long common border with Iran, will be a great achievement for the Islamic Republic and other regional countries.
Always a target of the hegemonic system’s terror acts, Iran has been at the forefront of the fight against terrorism, and can contribute to Afghanistan’s development through its anti-terror activities.
* Seyyed Reza Sadrol-Hosseini is an expert in regional affairs.