The dangers posed by the terror group should be worrying for countries in Afghanistan’s neighbourhood and beyond.
Several attacks are reported each week throughout Afghanistan, including some claimed by the regional chapter of the Daesh.
Washington’s ill-planned approach strengthened the Taliban insurgency. Now, Kabul risks doing the same to Daesh-K.
The Taliban’s challenge is to root out Daesh's Khorasan wing without sowing the seeds of another long war.
Daesh’s Khorasan wing is primarily rooted in the Pakistani insurgency, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, a series of networks quite distinct from Afghanistan’s Taliban movement.
Kabul is hesitant to antagonise the “Pakistani Taliban” lest it supports the self-styled caliphate, yet the same group poses a threat to Islamabad.
The US government has admitted that 10 civilians, who were killed in the drone attack in Kabul in late August, were innocent victims and were not affiliated with Daesh-K.
The Taliban says the talks, held in Doha, Qatar “went well”, with Washington freeing up humanitarian aid to Afghanistan after agreeing not to link such assistance to formal recognition of the Taliban.
Meanwhile, the US special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, said his office will probe allegations that former Afghan President Ghani took millions of dollars with him when he left the country.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the explosion at Eid Gah Mosque, but Taliban have come under increasing attacks from Daesh-Khorasan.
The investigation initially covered offences allegedly committed by Afghan govt forces, the Taliban, American troops and US foreign intelligence operatives dating back to 2002.
Unidentified attackers strike Taliban vehicles in Jalalabad city, witnesses say, killing at least two fighters and three civilians.
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