Islamic State militants claim attack on Taliban


Cairo — A group of extremist Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a series of deadly bombings targeting Taliban vehicles in eastern Afghanistan.

The allegations, released late Sunday to Amaq News Agency, the media division of the radical group, show the growing threat to the Taliban by their longtime rivals.

At least eight people, including several Taliban fighters, were killed in a Sunday and Saturday attack in the IS-based provincial city of Jalalabad.

The Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in a blitzkrieg last month and conquered the capital of Kabul while the United States and NATO were in the final stages of military withdrawal. The last foreign soldier left on August 30th.

The Taliban are currently facing major economic and security challenges in trying to govern Afghanistan, and accelerated campaigns for IS attacks will further complicate those efforts. The Taliban and IS militants were enemies before foreign troops left Afghanistan.

Both groups agree with Islam’s harsh interpretations, but the Taliban are focused on taking control of Afghanistan, and IS affiliates in Afghanistan and elsewhere are calling for global jihad.


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Islamabad-Pakistan security forces said in a Monday operation that they had killed the infamous Pakistani Taliban commander, who was suspected of being involved in the killing of four female teachers at a former extremist fortress in northwestern Pakistan.

According to a military statement, Saif Uller was involved in a February attack in which four teachers were shot while traveling by car in the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan, which borders Afghanistan.

The military said the suspect was also involved in past attacks on Pakistani security forces, construction engineers, and ransom kidnappings in the area.

Pakistan’s Taliban, a separate radical group from the Afghan Taliban, has been at war with the government in Islamabad for years. They were also behind the 2012 attack that injured Malala Yousafzai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in Pakistan for her work as an advocate for the education of young women in 2014. Malala is the youngest person to win the Nobel Prize.

There are concerns that Pakistan’s Taliban have become bold as US and NATO troops are in the final stages of withdrawal from the country after Afghanistan came to power in Afghanistan last month. In general, Pakistani militants have intensified their attacks in North Waziristan in recent months, raising concerns that they may have been reorganized in the region, which was once the Taliban’s base. ..


Kabul, Afghanistan — The interim mayor of the capital of Afghanistan says many female city officials have been ordered to stay home by the country’s new Taliban rulers.

Hamdullah Namony told reporters on Sunday that only women who could not be replaced by men were allowed to report to work. This includes female attendants in public toilets for women, as well as skilled workers in the design and engineering departments, he says.

Namony’s comment was another sign that the Taliban, despite the original promise of tolerance and inclusion, were forcing a strict interpretation of Islam, including restrictions on women in public life. During the pre-1990s reign, the Taliban kept girls and women out of school and work.

The mayor says the final decision on female employees in Kabul is still pending and will withdraw salaries in the meantime.

He says less than one-third of nearly 3,000 city officials were women working in all departments before the acquisition of the Taliban in Afghanistan last month.