Afghanistan: Taliban attacks ISIS bases, many terrorists killed

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A new conflict has started in Afghanistan with the Taliban and ISIS fighting each other. Afghans look to a bleak future as another bloody chapter of war and destruction unfolds.

Kabul: Afghanistan is now caught in another conflict as the Taliban and ISIS fight each other. Taliban fighters stormed an Islamic State (ISIS) hideout north of the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday, killing several militants.

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At least two ISIS terrorists have been arrested in the Taliban operation. Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in mid-August, ISIS militants have carried out several attacks targeting Taliban members.

The Taliban and ISIS are each other’s arch enemies. Recent attacks have raised fears of a wider conflict amid a long-running rivalry. In late August, an ISIS suicide bomber targeted US evacuation efforts outside Kabul’s international airport. The deadly attack killed 169 Afghans and 13 US Marine commandos.

Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi said Friday’s raid took place in the city of Charikar in Parwan province. The spokesperson did not elaborate. His statement could not be independently verified. Karimi said that following the raid, the Taliban arrested two ISIS members involved in roadside bombings.

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In this incident, a Taliban vehicle was targeted, in which four terrorists were injured. He said the two were interrogated and the information provided by them helped the Taliban identify their whereabouts.

ISIS has a large presence in the eastern Nangarhar province. But since the Taliban took power, the group has intensified attacks across Afghanistan. Several Taliban fighters have been killed in ISIS attacks in the provincial capital Jalalabad.

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In response, the Taliban took action in Nangarhar. The Taliban-led Afghan government has implemented a new security plan for the country’s eastern Nangarhar province to ensure security in and around the provincial capital Jalalabad.

First published:2 October 2021, 8:50 am

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