After the US military has withdrawn: Taliban expect ISIS attacks to end

After the US military has withdrawn
Taliban expect the IS attacks to end

The Islamic State jihadist militia also claimed the rocket attack on Kabul for themselves after the suicide bombing. The Taliban assume that the attacks will stop as soon as all foreign troops have left Afghanistan. Otherwise, they threaten retaliation.

According to its spokesman Sabihullah Mujahid, the radical Islamic Taliban expect an end to the attacks by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist militia as soon as all foreign troops have left Afghanistan. “We hope that the Afghans influenced by IS will give up their actions when they see an Islamic government being formed without the presence of foreigners,” said Mujahid.

At the same time, the Taliban spokesman threatened tough countermeasures should IS continue its attacks and create a “situation like a war”. The new government would then deal with the jihadists, he warned.

Mujahid reiterated that the new Taliban government would only be announced after the last US soldier had withdrawn. At the moment, the consultations are still ongoing, as it is a question of “responsible” in the formation of a government, said the spokesman. “That takes a lot of patience.” He admitted that his militia had “some technical problems on this matter”.

Differences in strategic issues

The regional branch of the IS militia in Afghanistan (IS-Khorosan) had confessed, among other things, to the devastating suicide attack at Kabul airport on Thursday, in which more than a hundred people were killed, including 13 members of the US army. On Monday, he also claimed a missile attack on the airport for himself.

Although both IS and the Taliban are Sunni extremists, differences exist between the two groups on religious and strategic issues. The IS militia sharply criticized the Taliban’s agreement with the United States, concluded in February 2020, in which Washington promised a full withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. The Taliban had thereby betrayed the goals of the jihad, criticized the IS.

According to the US company Site, which specializes in monitoring extremist groups on the Internet, ISIS vowed to continue the fight after the Taliban came to power in Kabul.