Taliban Is Being Targeted by the Islamic State

Taliban Is Being Targeted by the Islamic State

(RightWing.org) – After President Joe Biden reneged on the deal that had been brokered by former President Donald Trump, the Taliban terrorist group quickly moved to overrun Afghanistan, which led to the disastrous retreat from Kandahar airbase. Since then, however, the Islamic State of Khorasan Providence (known as ISIS-K or ISKP) has been creating havoc across the country with suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism.

Not Our Islam

ISIS-K (followers of Sunni Islam), like its parent organization, ISIS, subscribes to a very strict interpretation of the sunnah (sometimes sunna) — a detailed narrative of their Prophet Muhammad’s traditions and practices along with Islamic or Sharia law. They not only apply this to waging war against the West, but take an even stronger stance against those they consider kafir (apostate Muslims).

These jihadists believe that the world needs to be ruled as an Islamic caliphate and view any compromise with Western nations as a violation of Sharia. So, when the Taliban agreed to the Trump-brokered peace talks with the Afghan government in 2020, ISIS-K took that as a sign of their apostasy and therefore were worthy of death, along with anyone who does not conform to their interpretation of Islam.

On the Attack

ISIS-K began its campaign of terror against all things Taliban and Afghan nationalism, which run contrary to their notion of a unified caliphate. On January 11, 2023, a suicide bomber tried to enter the building that houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where they believed (incorrectly) a meeting with the ambassador from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was being held. This was timed to take place as workers were leaving for the day. Reports say that as many as 20 people were killed.

This followed a December 20 attack that ISIS-K claimed responsibility for at the Logan Hotel in Kabul in an attempt to frighten Chinese investors who frequently stay there. Another zealot’s bid for what he believes will be his place in heaven, came in the form of blowing himself up on October 8 inside a Shiite mosque. At least 70 people were killed in the blast.

The Taliban had already begun using Sharia as the basis for preventing nongovernment organizations (NGOs) providing humanitarian aid from employing women after already banning girls from secondary school education and young women from attending universities. Some of the highest-ranking women in the United Nations (UN) traveled to Kabul earlier in January in an attempt to restore the rights that females enjoyed in the country prior to the time the United States pulled out in 2021. There’s been no word on whether or not their efforts were successful.

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