Taliban

AQIS emphasizes allegiance to Ayman al Zawahiri, Taliban in new ‘code of conduct’

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has released a 20-page code of conduct outlining its approach to waging jihad throughout the region. The group says its men are currently fighting "shoulder-to-shoulder" with the Taliban and calls on Muslims in the surrounding countries to pledge allegiance to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (another name for the Taliban). Read more →

Islamic State continues to target Shiite civilians in Kabul

The Islamic State's Amaq News Agency has claimed responsibility for an attack on Al Zahra Mosque in Kabul earlier today. Shiite worshippers had gathered at the mosque as part of Ramadan. The Islamic State's Wilayah Khorasan has repeatedly targeted Shiites in Kabul, causing mass casualties on several occasions over the past year. Read more →

Taliban assaults Afghan Army bases in Kandahar

Taliban fighters overran a large military base earlier this week, and launched attacks on other installations throughout the province. The fighting in Kandahar takes place as the Taliban remains on the offensive on several fronts throughout the country as part of Operation Mansouri. Read more →

Taliban and Islamic State clash in eastern Afghanistan

The Islamic State's Wilayah Khorasan and the Taliban clashed in the Chaparhar district of Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province earlier today. The two sides have battled each other in the area since 2015. Late last month, the Islamic State also fought with the Taliban in northern Afghanistan and assassinated a Taliban figure in Peshawar. Read more →

Taliban announces start of ‘Operation Mansouri’

This year's "spring offensive" is named after Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, the previous emir who was killed by the US in a drone strike in Pakistan in May 2016. As in previous years, the Taliban said the main focus of its operation is the targeting of both foreign and local forces. Read more →

Pakistani Taliban faction claims spokesman was captured in Afghanistan

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar said that Ehsanullan Ehsan was captured on Mar. 7 by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate along with three others and subsequently turned over to the Pakistani military. The group's claim contradicts the Pakistani military's version of events. Earlier this week, Pakistani officials said Ehsan had voluntarily turned himself in. Read more →