There is little love lost between ISIS and the Taliban.
Besides competing for recruits, the two groups have also engaged in a number of skirmishes in recent months as ISIS (also known as ISIL, the Islamic State and Daesh) looks to expand its influence to Afghanistan.
Now, it seems that feud has been escalated. Radio Mashaal, a Pakistan-based wing of Radio Free Europe, has published a report stating that both the Taliban and Daesh have officially decreed Jihad (ie. holy war) against one another.
The report is based on an interview that Mashaal conducted with Nabi Jan Mullahkhil, the police chief of Southern Helmand province in Afghanistan. Mullahkhil told the radio station that he had seen documents from both sides confirming the declarations of Jihad. According to Afghanistan’s Khaama Press, the police chief also suggested that ISIS was created by foreign agencies, saying,
“When the matter of peace talks between government forces and [the] Taliban comes into discussion, some intelligence agencies make new groups to keep the war ongoing in Afghanistan.”
ISIS and its leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, have been openly contemptuous of the Taliban and its leadership.
Baghdadi has called Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, “a fool and illiterate warlord,” and has said that he lacks both the spiritual and political credibility to lead. Omar, for his part, has told his Taliban fighters never to let an ISIS flag be raised in Afghanistan. Both groups affiliate with the Sunni sect of Islam.
Read the original report from the Khaama Press.
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