KABUL: The Second Deputy to Chief Executive Officer Mohammad Mohaqiq met with the Iranian officials recently to hold talks over growing threats posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in Afghanistan.

The issue was reportedly shared during a meeting with Ali Akbar Velayati, the advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Mohaqiq said the activities and atrocities committed by the terror group in Syria and Iraq and are also being carried out in Afghanistan by the group’s affiliates.

In the meantime, Velayati reaffirmed Iran’s commitment to assist the government of Afghanistan and the Afghan people with the growing threat of this terror group.

This comes as Mohqiq had earlier said that the terror group has started recruitments in the outskirts of Kabul province. He said the group has so far recruited around 700 to 800 fighters in the country while referring to the information they received regarding the terror group suggesting that the ISIS recruits are receiving salaries up to $1,000 along with a motorcycle.

There have been growing concerns that the terror group is looking to gain foothold in Afghanistan as the militants in the battlefield have started rebranding by pledging allegiance to ISIS. Pentagon also released a report earlier in June stating that this terror group is likely to continue looking for ways to expand their activities in Afghanistan.

According to the report, the US forces have noted a few militants re-branding themselves, likely in an attempt to draw media attention, greater resources and more recruits.