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The Taliban is supporting Afghanistan in its fight against the Daesh jihadist group, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Monday.

FILE - In this May 27, 2016 file photo, a member of a breakaway faction of the Taliban fighters guards a gathering in Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan.  After months of debate, the White House has approved plans to expand the military's authority to conduct airstrikes against the Taliban when necessary as the violence in Afghanistan escalates, senior U.S. and defense officials said Thursday. Afghan officials welcomed the change.  (AP Photos/Allauddin Khan, File)

FILE – In this May 27, 2016 file photo, a member of a breakaway faction of the Taliban fighters guards a gathering in Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan. After months of debate, the White House has approved plans to expand the military’s authority to conduct airstrikes against the Taliban when necessary as the violence in Afghanistan escalates, senior U.S. and defense officials said Thursday. Afghan officials welcomed the change. (AP Photos/Allauddin Khan, File)

A Taliban fighter guards a gathering in Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan.

MOSCOW  — The spokesman stressed that most Daesh members present in Afghanistan are foreigners and occupy a small territory in the east of the country with no presence elsewhere.

“In cooperation with the nation, [the Taliban] has prevented the terrorist group from gaining a foothold in Afghanistan,” Mujahid added, in an interview with the Iranian Tasnim news agency.

The United States and the Afghan government have used Daesh to exaggerate Afghanistan’s problems as a pretext for the further occupation of Afghanistan, he added.

Afghanistan is experiencing political, social and security instability, as the Taliban movement and other radical extremist organizations, such as Daesh, which is prohibited in many countries, including Russia, continue staging attacks against civilian and government targets.