The IS-K bloodshed may compel the West to form an odd partnership with the Taliban.
The Afghan conflict has always been much more than a simple issue of the Taliban vs the Afghan government or a US-led “war on terror.”
This is due to the fact that Afghanistan is not a single country with a legitimate system that the vast majority accepts. It’s more of a mosaic of local districts outside of Kabul, with factions vying for control and profit, including the Taliban.
The Islamic State-Khorasan Province’s suicide bombing of a gathering outside Hamid Karzai International Airport on Thursday, which killed up to 170 Afghans and 13 US personnel, illustrates the dangers posed by these terrorist groups.
The Taliban will make an attempt to form a national government. They are likely to perpetuate violence, persecution, and denial of rights to many elements of Afghan society due to their extremist interpretation of Islam and politics. However, as the IS-K bloodshed has shown, the Taliban’s hold over Kabul and other regions of Afghanistan is tenuous.
To grasp the lack of control – and the resulting instability and insecurity – one must first comprehend the links between the Taliban and other groups, such as IS-K and the Haqqani network.
Khorasan Province of the Islamic State
Affiliates sprang out in response to the Islamic State’s quick advance across Iraq and Syria in 2014, and its declaration of a “caliphate.” These groups espoused the essence of IS’s doctrinal doctrine and got support from it, but they grew out of local circumstances.
One was IS-K, which was founded in January 2015 and named after the Islamic empire of Khorasan, which spanned from Iran to the western Himalayas from the 6th century. Local militants and former Afghan and Pakistani Taliban, as well as some former al-Qaida members, make up the group, which promotes an even more extremist doctrine and implementation. IS-K is based in eastern Afghanistan, in the provinces of Nangarhar and Kunar, and spans the Afghan-Pakistan border.
While the Taliban intended to gain control of Afghanistan through military operations and subsequently political dialogue, IS-K has sought to recruit recruits by causing havoc on civilian targets. Protest marches, schools that provide education for girls, and a maternity center in Kabul have all been targets.
IS-K was decimated by Afghan security forces and US aircraft assaults, notably the “mother of all bombs” in April 2017. In addition to Afghanistan, the… Article Summary from Nokia News