Amid deepening rift among the Taliban leadership following Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death confirmation, the Islamic State Of Iraq and Syria (ISSI) terrorist group has claimed breakthrough in its efforts to gain a foothold in the country.
A spokesman for the terror group in Khorasan province claimed that pledges of allegiance to Islamic State is taking place across the country.
The ISIS-affiliate also claimed that the Taliban movement is over and said the dawn of the Islamic State begins.
He also claimed that the newly appointed Taliban supreme leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor has teamed up with the al-Qaeda chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri in a bid to maintain the group’s influence and defame the ISIS terror group which seeks a greater role in the region.
This comes as deadly clashes were reported among the Taliban militants and ISIS affiliates in certain parts of the country, specifically in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan recently.
However, the terror group’s activities were relatively reduced following a series of operations which led to death of some of the high ranking leaders in the country.
The ISIS terror group is likely to continue looking for ways to expand their activities in Afghanistan, according to the report by Pentagon released earlier in June this year.
The report further added that the US forces have noted a few militants re-branding themselves, likely in an attempt to draw media attention, greater resources and more recruits.