The terrorists are trying to stifle moderate voices, but even if they kill a prominent leader like Mawlawi Abdul Zahir Haqqani, hundreds and thousands of others will take his place, locals say.
Despite claiming that their cause is justified in Islam, militants are seeking only to make money through illicit means such as drug trafficking.
Civilian casualties from suicide and bombings increased last year as the Taliban and ISIS targeted non-combatants, according to UNAMA.
"People will not forget," said the president.
A pair of attacks in recent days has taken at least 114 lives and injured hundreds more.
After locals refused to submit to Taliban extortion, the militant group set up roadblocks, threatening them with death and kidnapping. Security forces have since removed the threat.
The terrorist group kidnapped an estimated 300 children from their families to train them to carry out terrorist attacks. Nearly half have reportedly completed their training.
About 500 local residents in Uruzgan Province have armed themselves to support Afghan forces and to protect their areas from Taliban militants.
Militants went from room to room with knives and guns killing everyone they encountered. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the 12-hour murder spree.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, the first to hit the capital since the start of the new year.
'Iran wants to play the same game in Afghanistan that it played under the name of ISIS in Iraq and Syria,' the former militant commander said.
The year was one of the bloodiest on record for Afghanistan, as militants targeted civilians with suicide attacks and mines.