Kabul explosion signals opening of jihadi civil war in Afghanistan

The ISIS-K suicide bombing marked the deadliest day for American forces in Afghanistan since August 2011.

폭스뉴스와의 인터뷰에서, Christopher Harnisch, former deputy coordinator for counterterrorism at the U.S. 국무부, broke down the terrorist group’s motivation for the attack amid the U.S. completing its withdrawal from the country.

We in the West tend to think of the target being Americans,” Harnisch told Fox News. “The real purpose was to attract potential recruits into its ranks, and also to really launch a civil war against the Taliban and other groups fighting along the periphery.

그룹, ~로 알려진 Islamic State Khorasan Province or ISIS-K, is an Afghan affiliate of the group’s core leadership in Syria and Iraq. After the Islamic State lost its territory following a five-year military campaign by local and international forces, the caliphate increasingly turned to Afghanistan for its fighters.

ISIS-K was founded in 2015 by several hundred disillusioned Pakistani Taliban fighters. According to Harnisch, the goal of all ISIS factions isto establish a global caliphate governed by the most extreme and oppressive interpretation of Sharia.

With the withdrawal from Afghanistan, ISIS-K sees an opportunity to fill a security vacuum and ultimately try to come to power,” 그는 계속했다.

In order to gain control of the region, ISIS-K will have to fight the Taliban, which just toppled the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan after a 10-day blitz and currently sits at the helm of the country.

In addition to sparking a civil war with rival militant Islamist jihadi groups, another reason for the attack was to aid the terrorists group’s global recruitment effort.

ISIS-K knows that in order to achieve success and achieve its vision of setting up a caliphate based in Afghanistan, it’s going to need manpower,” said Harnisch.

A United Nations report in June 발견했다 8,000 ...에 10,000 jihadists from Central Asia, the North Caucasus region of Russia, Pakistan and the Xinjiang region in China have entered into Afghanistan in recent months. 보고서에 따르면, most are associated with the Taliban or Al Qaeda, 보고서는 말했다, but others are allied with ISIS-K.

ISIS-K’s objective was to undermine the credibility of the Taliban by showing Afghans and the world that the Taliban is incapable of providing security,” Harnisch claimed. “The attack was a huge propaganda victory,” 그는 계속했다. “Aspiring jihadists all over the world saw that and they’re saying, ‘ISIS is the one in charge here.’

While ISIS-K’s estimated 1,500-2,000 members wane in comparison to the Taliban’s near 80,000, Harnisch said he believes the number of ISIS-K recruits entering into Afghanistan will increase over the coming months following Thursday’s attack.

When comparing ISIS-K with the Taliban and Al Qaeda, Harnisch saidtactically speaking they’re very similar,” with all three engaging inabsolutely barbaric, evil terrorist attacks.

하나, he admitted that ISIS-K’s attackstend to be about as far on the spectrum of evil as you can possibly be.

Harnisch specifically recalled an incident in 2020 in which ISIS-K targeted the maternity ward of a hospital in Kabul, 죽이는 24 사람들 including newborn babies and mothers.

The Taliban and al-Qaida, though evil organizations and barbaric in their own right, haven’t gone that far in terms of their attacks,” 그는 말했다.

Despite the Unites States’ desire to disengage from long, drawn-out international conflicts, Harnisch claimed, “the fight against terror, it will continue.

The former Counterterrorism Director at the National Security Council criticized .U.S leadership for its false promise toend forever wars.

We ended the war in Afghanistan, but I can tell you right now that the war against terror is not over,” 그는 말했다. “It will continue because we just handed the Taliban, ISIS and al Qaeda, a major victory.

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