Last week, the “Salafi Group,” a Taliban group based in Kunar, conducted an interview with Al Jazeera in which the group declared allegiance to Mullah Omar and the Afghan Taliban, and the group also released a propaganda tape showing the destruction of a US MRAP on a road in the province (the video from Al Jazeera is above). On Jan. 9, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid released a statement formally announcing the Salafi Group’s merger with Mullah Omar’s Taliban. The entire statement is reproduced below:
The movement, Jama’at al-Daw’a ila al-Sunnah of Afghanistan which has regularly carried out Jihad in the name of Salafi Taliban in Kunar province, has now allied itself with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, according to the report of our website reporter from the region.
The Council, consisting of the Deputy leader of this group, honorable Haji Hayaatullah and other senior members of the council, known as respected Sheikh Shawali, respected Maulawi Rahmatullah Khan, respected Maulawi Kalajan Jan, respected Maulawi Inayatu Rahman and others, have officially proclaimed allegiance to his highness Amir-ul- Momineen [the leader of the faithful, Mullah Mohammed Omar].
They declared cooperation and coordination with Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, vowing that all the Mujahideen of Kunar province will act in compliance with the Code of Conduct of the of the Islamic Emirate and follow its course of actions and that the Mujahideen of Kunar will carry out Jihad as per instructions of the Leadership of the Islamic Emirate in the same way as the other Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
Last month, Hilal Salafi, a Taliban commander in the Pech Valley in Kunar, vowed to defeat US forces no matter how many reinforcements are sent.