ISIS targets Taliban in fight for Afghanistan - The National
ISIS and the Taliban are competing to take credit for a horrific spike in of the enmity that characterizes the Taliban/ISIS relationship, saying. Opinion: The self-styled Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) emerged in Iraq and extended its reach in Syria. Losing ground recently, this. The war with the Afghan Taliban has escalated, ISIS source tells The National.
Following last year's attack on the Iraq Embassy in Kabul, the extremist group issued a warning to Shiites that they were coming for them. Since then, they have carried out a number of horrific assaults targeting their places of worship in Kabul and Herat in western Afghanistan.
Like their counterparts in Syria and Iraq, insurgents belonging to Afghanistan's Islamic State group are radical Sunni Muslims who revile Shiites as apostates and believe that the entire Muslim world should be ruled by a single caliphate.
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In Afghanistan, it is known as the Islamic State in Khorazan province, the ancient name of an area that included parts of Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia. When the Islamic State group first appeared in Afghanistan its ranks were mostly culled from among the most ferocious of Pakistani Taliban from Pakistan's Bajaur tribal region, driven out by a military offensive, as well as from among disgruntled Taliban, who were frustrated with a leadership reigning in its violence and considering negotiations to end fighting.
At its outset, the Islamic State was mostly confined to eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, but in recent years it has gained ground in the north and northeast of Afghanistan. Their ranks quickly swelled with Uzbek fighters, mostly from Central Asia's Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, many of whom were driven out of Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region by a military offensive. Analysts say the movement brutality's was unmatched and, as outsiders to Afghanistan, the Uzbek fighters show no compunction about carrying out mass killings.
There have been several reports of open recruitment by IMU members. The size of ISIS in Afghanistan is unknown, but estimates generally run between 3, and 5, fighters.
ISIS targets Taliban in fight for Afghanistan
Their only stated goal for Afghanistan, however, is to rid it of Shiite Muslims, who make up roughly 15 per cent of the country's 35 million people. For example, a radical Pakistani group claimed the responsibility of the bloody incident of Kabul in Ashura in and Taliban, further, condemned the suicide attack on Enlightenment Movement through issuing a statement and attributed this attack to the groups that seek to fuel sectarianism.
The view to eliminate the followers of other religion in Islamic countries through violence and conflict is an illusion. No elements will be able to strip off a sect from the surface of the earth. The masterminds behind the scene are most likely of the view to sow the seeds of discord in Islamic countries.
According to the Taliban, ISIS is a rebellious group that has refused to obey Emir-ul-Momineen the commander of the faithful but ISIS believes that the Taliban did not pledge allegiance to the caliph — this is also noticed in letters exchanged between the two groups. As a result, the Taliban warned al-Baghdadi through a letter not to let ISIS step in Afghanistan, or else he has to await the consequence.
The Taliban possess wealth and power in eastern and southern parts of Afghanistan.
The emergence of ISIS will reduce their power. So, the groups are strong opponents.
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However, the Taliban intends to re-establish an Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan and fight for the withdrawal of foreign forces from this country. Ruling Afghanistan for years, it was proved that the Taliban nurtured ethnic and national tendencies. The conflict about the sources of wealth and power in Afghanistan is based on ethnic and local tendencies rather than religious ones.
Therefore, the overwhelming numbers of ISIS group are the former Pakistani Taliban that have pledged to this group recently.