Taliban Calls ISIS Concerns 'Incorrect' After Top Diplomat Confirms 2021 Jailbreak

Taliban Calls ISIS Concerns 'Incorrect' After Top Diplomat Confirms 2021 Jailbreak


Top Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid issued a statement on Friday claiming assessments that the Islamic State is a growing threat in Afghanistan are “incorrect” – a response to concerns following Taliban “foreign minister” Amir Khan Muttaqi confirming that 1,800 Islamic State terrorists had escaped prisons last year.

Taliban officials, who are nearing the one-year anniversary of their takeover of Afghanistan, have repeatedly insisted that the Islamic State – Khorasan Province (ISIS-K), its Afghan wing, does not present a threat to the country. While the Taliban and ISIS are both Sunni jihadist terrorist organizations, the former claims to oppose the latter’s activities and engaged in conflict with ISIS terrorists seeking to take over lucrative opium cultivation sites prior to the fall of the U.S.-backed Afghan government.

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