Clash of terrorists: ISIL vs. Taliban in Afghanistan
ISIL Takfiri militants and the Taliban terrorist movement have allegedly declared war against each other in Afghanistan, a recent report says.
Afghan online newspaper Khaama Press made the announcement on Monday, quoting a police chief from the southern Helmand province as saying in an interview with Radio Mashaal, a member of Radio Free Europe in Pakistan.
During the interview, Nabi Jan Mullahkhil claimed that he obtained evidence proving that the two terrorist groups have entered into battle.
In January, ISIL’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi referred to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar as a “fool and illiterate warlord” saying that over the last two years ISIL had achieved much more than the Taliban had over the past ten.
There are already some reports about the clashes between Taliban and ISIL militants.
On February 21, 2015, ISIL militants replaced the Taliban’s white flag with their own black flag in the Afghanistan’s Charkh district in eastern Logar province.
On Saturday, ISIL claimed responsibility for a series of explosions in Afghanistan’s city of Jalalabad in Nangarhar province that killed at least 35 people and injured more than 100 others.
According to Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a provincial government spokesman, the explosion happened outside the New Kabul Bank branch when government employees and civilians were collecting their monthly salaries.
He said another blast took place near the Da Afghanistan Bank branch, just 60 meters away from the first attack, followed by a third attack which took place near a shrine in the city, in which no one was injured.
Later on Saturday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said, “Who claimed responsibility for horrific attack in Nangarhar today? The Taliban did not claim responsibility for the attack, ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack.”
The Taliban terrorist group formed a government in Kandahar in 1996 and ruled the country until December 2001.
The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains across the country.
The US-led combat mission in Afghanistan ended on December 31, 2014. However, at least 13,500 foreign forces, mainly from the United States, have remained in the country in what Washington calls a support mission. NATO says the forces will focus mainly on counterterrorism operations and training Afghan soldiers and policemen.
The ISIL terrorist group controls parts of Syria and Iraq, and has been carrying out horrific acts of violence such as public decapitations and crucifixions against all communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.