Security Forces Destroyed Important ISIS Hideout in Kabul: Mujahid

KABUL (khaama Pres): Taliban senior spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said that Islamic Emirate security forces destroyed an important ISIS hideout in the capital Kabul late Monday night.

According to Zabiullah Mujahid, Taliban security personnel stormed an important Daesh (ISIS) hideout during a special operation in provincial district 8th of Kabul late Monday night, which resulted in the death of some key members of Daesh, which included some foreign nationals as well.

“Daesh fighters have been behind many brutal terror attacks in Kabul, which claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians and injured many others,” Mujahid said.

Dr. Mahmut Cengiz has written on the ‘Home Security Today’ website that prior to the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, ISIS presence was not tangible in Kabul – they were mainly based in Kunar and Nangarhar provinces. With the return of the Taliban to power, ISIS expanded its domain to Kabul and has been behind many brutal attacks in 2022.

The terror group’s dominance in Afghanistan has been substantial in the past year. Although other militant groups including Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and Al-Qaida have also gotten momentum with the return of the Taliban to power, they do not pose threats to the Taliban-run administration, because they have deep ties with the Afghan Taliban.

Besides other challenges, security remains a major problem for Afghanistan’s de facto regime. Although Taliban authorities claim to be fulfilling their obligations to the international community by not allowing Afghan soil to be used against other states, it has not been so on the ground.

Islamic State Khorasan militants have launched separate terror attacks on the Russian Embassy, Pakistani Diplomatic Mission, and a Chinese-run hotel among others in the heart of Kabul, resulting in the death and injuries of scores of people.