ISIS-K, the Serious Threat of the Taliban in Afghanistan

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —

ISIS-Khorasan (ISIS-K) is likely to be a serious threat to the interim government Afghanistan regime Taliban. The Taliban formed an interim government after regaining control of the country on August 15.

Last week, the ISIS-K terrorist group claimed to be behind the bomb attack in Jalalabad. They also said the attack claimed the lives of dozens of Taliban members. But no one has been able to verify it yet.

“More than 35 Taliban members were killed or injured in the blast attack,” the statement said.

The Taliban did not deny that their militias were the targets of a number of bomb attacks in Jalalabad. One source said three people died and 20 were injured.

The attack was not the first time. In late August, ISIS-K also carried out suicide bombing attacks around Kabul, just as other countries were busy evacuating foreign nationals and local residents.

The incident led the Taliban to issue a statement that they would be able to contain the extremist group if the US left. But after they left, ISIS-K still carried out attacks and targeted the Taliban.

The Taliban blamed the US for the attack in Kabul. Meanwhile, the families of the victims have expressed their anger at the Taliban for failing to prevent attacks.

“It’s all your fault: you all did this. You didn’t secure anything,” said one of the victims’ relatives as reported by Al Jazeera.

On August 28, the Taliban were accused of arresting well-known salafi cleric Abu Obaidullah Mutavice in Kabul. Shortly after the news circulated, he was found dead.

However, the Taliban has denied involvement in the cleric’s death. The group’s claims do not match the public’s suspicions. In the weeks following the incident, the Taliban closed 36 Salafi mosques in 16 different provinces.

There are concerns that the Taliban are borrowing manuals from the former Afghan government accused of unlawful detention, extrajudicial killings, and labeling such as “ISIS-K” and Ak-Qaeda” to pursue unwanted elements without providing evidence.

Meanwhile, experts say terrorism will increase under the Taliban rule in Afghanistan.

This is reflected in the composition of the government in the Taliban’s interim cabinet. They involve the Haqqani Network group, which is noted for carrying out suicide bombings several times.

The Taliban itself consists of many factions with varying degrees of extremism and tendencies to support other terrorist groups.

While the main rival of the Taliban, ISIS-K has ties to the Haqqani Network.

“In fact, there has been a tactical and strategic convergence between ISIS-Khorasan and the Haqqani, if not the entire Taliban,” said Sajjan Gohel, director of international security at the Asia-Pacific Foundation. CNBC.

The Taliban, he said, consisted of several factions, each with their own leadership, structure and control over Afghan territory.

“The Taliban is not known for trying to deny space to its militant partners in the country, except ISIS-K, which is their rival.”

ISIS-K has targeted US troops, their allies, and civilians. But unlike others, ISIS-K is openly at war with other Islamic organizations such as the Taliban.

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