KABUL, ($1=89.35 Afghan Afghanis) – The terrorist group Islamic State [IS] claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack on Friday in the Shiite mosque in the Afghan city of Kandahar, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Interfax.
According to them, the IS cell operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan said that it was she who organized the attack.
Aamaj News writes that the terrorists released the names of the perpetrators of the attack and published their photographs before the crime. The publication indicates that these are members of the group Anas Khorasani and Abu Ali Baluchi.
The terrorist attack in the Shiite mosque “Imam Bargah”, which is also known as the “Bibi Fatima” mosque in the city of Kandahar, the center of the province of the same name in southern Afghanistan, occurred during Friday prayers. The exact number of victims has not yet been announced, but according to media reports, we are talking about more than 100 dead and injured.
Fighting in northeastern Afghanistan
Several sources close to the National Front for Resistance against the Taliban reported ongoing clashes on Friday morning [October 15] in the Andarab Valley in Balk province in northeastern Afghanistan.
“There is currently a fierce battle between the Taliban and the National Resistance Front in Andarab. There are casualties on both sides, the exact number of casualties is unknown,” the Twitter message said.
According to sources, clashes are taking place in the districts of Puli-Hisar and Dih-Salah in the province of Baglan, the Taliban, which suffered more than 60 casualties, are withdrawing, there are losses among the fighters of the Front and the death of two of their field commanders.
The Taliban have not yet commented on the incident, but videos have been posted on social media showing columns of Taliban fighters heading for the Andarab Valley.
Meanwhile, the Taliban Ministry of Defense announced on Twitter that Ataula Omari has been appointed commander of the Mazar-e-Sharif Corps. The corps headquarters is located at the base of the former 209th Corps of the Afghan National Army “Shahin” in the suburbs of Mazar-e-Sharif, the center of Balkh province, and is responsible for security in the northern part of the country.
The situation in Afghanistan
After a 20-year presence on August 31, US troops left Afghanistan. According to US President Joe Biden, the United States has done what it set out to do: eliminate the al Qaeda terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 attacks and prevent Afghanistan from becoming a center of terrorism.
His words do not correspond to reality. According to a US intelligence report, at least 20 small terrorist groups are currently operating in Afghanistan, radicalized over the past 20 years due to the foreign presence. Various reports suggest al-Qaeda terrorists are joining the Taliban and Islamic State will establish a presence in Afghanistan.
Earlier, the same US report said that Kabul would collapse within six months, but the US president withheld this information. He tried hard to convince the public that there was no such option in front of Afghanistan and cited the thousands of troops and equipment of the Asian country. Despite Joe Biden’s “optimism,” the Taliban took over almost the entire country within a month and entered Kabul. Former President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.
At present, there is only one territory left in Afghanistan that has not been conquered by the Taliban, and that is the province of Panjshir. Anti-Taliban forces and Afghan soldiers have positioned themselves in it. The anti-Taliban coalition is led by Ahmad Massoud.
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