Who is ISIS-K? An extreme terrorist module behind the deadly explosions in Kabul and its rivalry with the Taliban

Two back-to-back suicide bombs ripped through crowds at the gates of Kabul airport, already overwhelmed by cries of thousands attempting to flee the country following the comeback of Taliban rule. 

New Delhi: The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the two deadly explosions that rocked Kabul airport on Thursday evening, killing more than 85 people, including 12 American soldiers, further exacerbating tensions in the midst of the final stages of an already frenzied war. Taliban-controlled Afghanistan evacuation mission.

Two consecutive suicide bombings ravaged the crowd at the gates of Kabul airport, already overwhelmed by the cries of thousands of people trying to flee the country after the return of the Taliban regime.

ISIS’s Afghan affiliate, also known as ISIS-K or ISIS-Khorasan, took responsibility for the blasts and even posted a photo of a suicide bomber, whose act left scenes massacre outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.

Strongly condemning the two explosions that killed dozens and injured dozens, the Taliban said it had warned the United States of a possible terrorist attack by the Islamic State (IS) group.

Who are ISIS-K and what threats do they pose to Afghanistan, a war-torn country already reeling from the Taliban’s resurgence?

Who is ISIS-K?

Formed in January 2015, ISIS Khorasan is an affiliate of ISIS in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is said to be the most extreme and violent of all the militant jihadist groups in Afghanistan.

According to media reports, ISIS-K is recruiting Afghan and Pakistani jihadists, hiring members of the Afghan Taliban who do not view their own group as extreme.

ISIS-K has been behind some of the worst horrific activities in recent years, targeting girls, schools, hospitals, and even a maternity hospital where they allegedly shot dead pregnant women and nurses.

Unline Taliban, which only wants to control Afghanistan, ISIS-K is part of a larger ISIS network that carries out attacks against the Western world.

What are they located?

ISIS-K is based in the eastern province of Nangarhar, on the border of the provinces of Logar, Kabul, Laghman, and Kunar as well as on an international border with Pakistan.

Are they linked to the Taliban?

Relatively yes, but through a third party – the Haqqani network.

Several media and experts suggest that there is a deep connection between ISIS-K and the Haqqani network, which is again closely linked to the Taliban.

ISIS-K, however, has major differences with the Taliban as it accuses them of abandoning Jihad and the battlefield in favor of a negotiated peace settlement worked out in “fancy hotels” in Doha, Qatar.

India on the Kabul twin explosions

Strongly condemning the terrorist strikes in Kabul, India told the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that these attacks reinforce the need for the world to unite against terrorism and all those who provide sanctuaries for terrorists.

The United States on the terrorist strikes in Kabul

Hours after the explosions were reported, US President Joe Biden vowed to “track down” those responsible and make them pay for the deadly attacks outside Kabul airport.

“To those who carried out this attack, as well as to all those who wish America would notice the evil, we will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay. I will defend our interests and our interests. people with all measures at my command, ”Biden told reporters at the White House.

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