ISIS in Afghanistan Targets Religious Minorities

Taliban Need to Protect, Assist Hazara, Other At-Risk Communities
Hazaras and other religious minorities have frequently been attacked at their mosques, schools, and places of employment by the Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP), an affiliate of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch warned today. Little has been done by the Taliban leadership to safeguard these towns from suicide bombers and other heinous crimes, or to offer victims and their families the essential medical care and other support.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for 13 assaults against Hazaras and has been implicated in at least 3 more since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in August 2021, resulting in the deaths and injuries of at least 700 people. Additional attacks are likely to have gone unreported due to the Taliban’s escalating crackdown on the media, particularly in the provinces. More than 120 people were killed and injured in recent attacks by the organization on Shia gatherings in Kabul, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

How many members does IS-K have?

The gang had roughly 3,000 fighters at its peak.
However, it has lost a substantial number of losses in battles with the Taliban, US security troops, Afghan security forces, and both.


What attacks have IS-K carried out?

The Taliban, religious minorities, especially Shia Muslims and Sikhs, US and Nato forces, as well as foreign organizations, including aid organizations, have all been targeted by IS-K.
Some of the worst atrocities in recent years have been attributed to IS-K, who reportedly targeted maternity wards, hospitals, and even girls’ schools before killing pregnant women and nurses there.

Are IS-K linked to the Taliban?

Yes, indirectly, through a third party called the Haqqani network.
Researchers claim that IS-K and the Haqqani network, which is intimately related to the Taliban, have substantial ties.

A $5 million (£3.6 million) bounty has been placed on the head of Khalil Haqqani, who is currently in director of security in Kabul.
The Asia Pacific Foundation’s Dr. Sajjan Gohel has been keeping an eye on the extremist networks in Afghanistan for many years.
According to him, “between 2019 and 2021, IS-K, the Taliban’s Haqqani network, and other terror groups located in Pakistan collaborated on many big strikes.”


By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter

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