Islamic State fighters
With the Taliban coming to power in Afghanistan, a new enemy is emerging. The terrorist organization Islamic State has threatened to start another violent phase, unlike the Taliban in Afghanistan before this role. But now the US Troops and its affiliated Afghan government have left the country and the Taliban is in power. The Taliban promised the US to keep the extremist group under control during peace talks.
Under the US-Taliban accord of 2020, the Taliban guaranteed Afghanistan not to become a haven for terrorist groups threatening the US or its allies. However, it is not clear whether they will be able to keep this promise after the sudden increase in IS attacks since the Taliban took over Afghanistan on August 15. More than 100 people were killed in a deadly bombing at a crowded Shia mosque in the northern province of Kunduz on Friday.
Islamic State is targeting Taliban fighters
IS has also carried out several deadly attacks in the capital Kabul and the eastern and northern provinces, while in smaller-scale attacks they target Taliban fighters almost daily. Both the Taliban and IS adhere to the hardline ideology of Islamic law. But there is a significant ideological difference between the two due to which both hate each other. Still, the potential for an IS threat is undeniable. The Taliban say they are creating an Islamic state in Afghanistan within the country’s borders.
What do experts have to say about the elimination of Islamic State?
Ibrahim Bahis, a consultant with the International Crisis Group, said IS was not a short-term threat. At the same time, Bill Rogue of the Long War Journal, published by the ‘Foundation for the Defense of Democracies’ think tank, takes a different view. He says that the Taliban can overthrow IS even without the help of America. He said the Taliban was able to eliminate IS by using its local informers and intelligence network. He said that IS does not have safe havens in Pakistan and Iran like the Taliban.
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