#AceNewsReport – Aug.28: Deadly explosions have rocked the edge of Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport overnight, killing and injuring locals wanting to flee Afghanistan after the Taliban’s takeover, as well as US military personnel trying to help the evacuation effort: Islamic State affiliate group ISIS-K later claimed responsibility for the attack, which Prime Minister Scott Morrison has condemned as “heinous and barbaric” ……So, who is ISIS-K in Afghanistan? And why are they enemies of the Taliban?
#AceDailyNews says western nations, including Australia, warned their citizens on Thursday to avoid Kabul airport because of the threat of an attack about midnight (AEST), where thousands have flocked in the hope of securing a flight out before closure of all flights …
So as the aftermath of Thursdays attack and numbers killed are known people begin to ask this question ……..Who are ISIS-K and where did they come from?
The Islamic State Khorasan Province, or ISIS-K, is a terrorist organisation that is responsible for numerous deadly attacks in Afghanistan.
Khorasan is the historical name for the area covering what is modern-day Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia.
Some experts on Islamist militancy say it was founded by hardline elements of the Pakistani Taliban who fled into Afghanistan when Pakistan security forces cracked down on them.
The Australian government says the group follows an extreme interpretation of Islam that encourages violence and targets infidels.
Estimates from a UN Security Council report released in July say ISIS-K could have several thousand active fighters.
How are they different to Islamic State?
The group is an affiliate of the Islamic State group that ripped through Iraq and Syria from 2014.
ISIS-K’s objective is to set up the province of Khorasan to be a part of Islamic State’s so-called global caliphate.
Just like their Iraqi and Syrian partner, ISIS-K has launched dozens of deadly attacks in Afghanistan at mosques, shrines, public squares, hospitals and near schools.
The group has especially targeted Muslims from sects it considers heretical, including Shiites and women.
It claimed responsibility for shooting three female media workers in the eastern city of Jalalabad and it is believed the group was behind a bombing that killed 80 mostly female students in Kabul in May.
Who leads the group?
ISIS-K has strong connections to the main Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group.
From July 2019, ISIS-K’s leader was Mawlawi Aslam Farooqi. But he was captured by Afghan security forces in April 2020.
Important appointments are discussed with the main ISIS organ that at times gives direction to the group.
The Taliban and ISIS-K don’t get along. Why?
To put it bluntly, ISIS-K and the Taliban are bitter enemies.
ISIS-K has criticised the Taliban’s willingness to negotiate with the US, including of recent discussions in Doha, Qatar that led to the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan.
“Taliban militia have been evacuating hundreds of their foreign employees, translators and spies who were working for the interests of the American Army for many years,” ISIS-K said in its statement claiming responsibility for the Kabul airport attack.How Taliban control of Afghanistan changes the terrorism threat The threat of terrorism is now “exponentially greater” than it was 20 years ago.
“ISIS-K is a sworn enemy of the Taliban, and they have a history of fighting one another,” US President Joe Biden said on Sunday.
One ISIS commentary published after the fall of Kabul accused the Taliban of betraying jihadists.
It vowed to continue its fight, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors militant communications.
What does ISIS-K have to gain by an attack at Kabul airport?
Kabul airport is currently under the control of the US until the withdrawal deadline on August 31.
It is surrounded by thousands of Afghans desperate to leave the country, some of whom have worked with allied forces during the 20-year war.
The suicide bombs were set off near the Abbey Gate area where US troops are stationed to process departing Afghans.
Pentagon’s press secretary John Kirby said a number of US military personnel were killed in the bombing.
Australia, the UK and the US issued travel alerts on Thursday urging people to stay away from Kabul’s airport because there was suspicion of an impending attack.
Some military aircraft taking off from Kabul airport in recent days have been seen launching flares, which are normally used to attract heat-seeking missiles, according to AFP.
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