The authorities deployed by the Taliban in Afghanistan assured on Wednesday that their security forces had launched several operations against cells belonging to the Islamic State jihadist group operating in the Asian country.
Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi has indicated that these operations resulted in the death or arrest of an unknown number of members of the Khorasan Province of the Islamic State (ISKP), whom the group regards as “seditious forces”.
He also stressed that the Islamic State has no strongholds in the country and stated that the security forces are trying to eliminate their “invisible” presence in Afghanistan without giving details of the locations where the operations took place.
The Islamic State assured on September 19 that it was behind a series of attacks in Nangarhar province (east) against Taliban troops that had left at least 25 people dead, although the new Afghan authorities refused to give concrete numbers.
The Taliban took power in Afghanistan in mid-August after entering Kabul shortly after the then President Ashraf Ghani had fled and international troops had withdrawn from the Asian country. The Islamic State regards the Taliban as traitors to the orthodoxy of “Sharia” or Islamic law and defends a much harsher interpretation.