Al Qaeda and ISIL have no presence in Afghanistan, Taliban says

17:44, 21 September 2021
Al Qaeda and ISIL have no presence in Afghanistan, Taliban says

The Taliban* officials claimed that there are not any forces of al-Qaeda* or ISIL* in Afghanistan despite the fact that ISIL had taken responsibility for the recent attacks in the country.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said: "We do not see anyone in Afghanistan who has anything to do with al-Qaeda. We are committed to the fact that, from Afghanistan, there will not be any danger to any country. The ISIL that exists in Iraq and Syria does not exist here."

Zabilullah added that any information about ISIL or al-Qaeda presence in Afghanistan is unjustified and false. The new Afghanistan government doesn’t allow foreign countries to use the country's territory to their advantage, the Taliban officials reported. 

Mujahid also said the Taliban had started an investigation and have already detained two groups accused of attacks in Afghanistan. 

At least six people were killed and over 36 injured following an explosion in Jalalabad in the Nangarhar province on September 18, as ISIL-K claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The Afghan affiliate of Islamic State, known as Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) is the same organization that organized the attack at Kabul airport which took the lives of under 200 people including 13 American service members.

The World society reportedly expressed concerns about different terror group activity in Afghanistan but the Taliban denied any collaboration charge. 

*Taliban, al-Qaeda and ISIL-K are terror organizations banned in the US, Russia and many other countries.