Just over a month after ousting the Western-backed government in Kabul, Afghanistan’s new rulers, the Taliban, are now facing an internal enemy that is using a number of attack tactics practiced by the Taliban themselves.
The Islamic State (IS) extremist group poses a serious threat to Afghanistan.
The deadly attack on Kabul airport last month, and a series of bombings in the city of Jalalabad, which were carried out by IS, pose a threat to the stability of the country by militant groups, and the Taliban will have to deal with this situation, writes Reuters.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid this week downplayed the threat, saying IS has no active presence in Afghanistan.
But Taliban commanders on the ground do not so easily ignore the threat posed by the militants of this extremist group.
Two members of the Taliban intelligence service who investigated some of the recent attacks in Jalalabad said the tactics used by IS prove that the group remains a threat, even if there are not enough fighters and other resources to do so. used them to take control of the territory.
Magnetic bombs were used in the attacks, which are mostly placed under cars. They targeted Taliban militants. The same kind of attacks were used by the Taliban when attacking officials and members of the security forces as well as civil society figures in an attempt to destabilize the Western-backed Government.
“We are concerned about the use of these cluster munitions, which we once used to attack our enemies in Kabul. “We are concerned about our leadership as they could be the target of attacks,” said a Taliban intelligence official.
The Islamic State in Central Asia emerged months after the group’s main fighters invaded Syria and Iraq, establishing a self-proclaimed caliphate or Islamic empire in the summer of 2014. In Syria and Iraq, local and international forces had to be forced to fight for the next five years, to overthrow the caliphate. Its branch in Afghanistan takes its name from Khorasan Province, a region that covers most of Afghanistan, Iran and Central Asia during the Middle Ages.
This group is also known as ISK or IS-K.
Since 2018, the group has lost power after a series of heavy losses inflicted by both the Taliban and US forces.
On Wednesday, Taliban security forces in Nangarhar said they had killed three IS members.
“Their main structure has been shattered and they are now divided into small groups through which they carry out attacks,” said an intelligence official.
The Taliban have long made promises that they will not allow Afghan territory to be used for attacks on other countries.
However, Western analysts say the return of the Taliban to power has spurred extremist groups such as IS-K and Al Qaeda.
Al Qaeda turned Afghanistan into a base of its own when the Taliban were in power in the late 1990s.
“The return of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan is a great victory for the Islamists,” said Rohan Gunaratna, a professor of security studies at Nanyang University in Singapore.
“They are celebrating the return of the Taliban. “I think Afghanistan is a new theater,” he said.
Not much is known about how IS-K works but it is believed that the group draws many fighters into its ranks from the Taliban or the Pakistani version of the Taliban, known as the TTP.
The group has fought the Taliban and also supports a global Caliphate under Islamic law, in contrast to the Taliban who insist they have no interest outside Afghanistan.
Most analysts, as well as the United Nations, estimate that ISI-K has fewer than 2,000 fighters, compared to the 100,000 available to the Taliban.
IS-K ranks are thought to have increased after the Taliban released prisoners when they took control of Afghanistan.
According to a June report by the UN Security Council, IS-K’s financial and logistical ties with its core organization in Syria have been weakened, although they maintain several channels of communication.
“IS funding for the Afghanistan branch is believed to have declined effectively,” the report said.
However, the report said signals of discord within the Taliban, which have already begun to emerge, could encourage more fighters to leave the Taliban.
“The IS-K group remains active and dangerous. “Especially if it is able to take a position as the only group that opposes the Taliban and thus attract dissatisfied Taliban and other militants into its ranks,” the UN said.
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