Taliban Takes On ISKP, Its Most Serious Foe In Afghanistan

Taliban Takes On ISKP, Its Most Serious Foe In Afghanistan

Andrew H. Sweet

In the six weeks since the Taliban came to power, there have been reports of Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K), attacks and activity in Kabul, Jalalabad, and Mazar-i-Sharif.

ISKP claimed to have killed up to 35 Taliban fighters in Jalalabad in a Telegram message, a figure the Taliban denies.

The Taliban have another pressing fear that should drive them to act decisively against ISKP forces, defections.

Despite the Taliban's claims that their group is unified, residents in major cities across the country have had direct run-ins with rogue Taliban fighters, who have behaved with hostility and aggression that seems to belie the promises of the "general amnesty" espoused by their leadership.

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