The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a voter registration office in Kabul, Afghanistan earlier today. It is the latest in a string of attacks carried out by the group inside the Afghan capital. More than 50 people were killed and over 100 others wounded, according to initial casualty reports.
JNIM claims the brazen assault was in retaliation for the death of several of its commanders and fighters in recent French raids.
The Taliban currently controls seven of Helmand’s 13 districts and contests the other six, according to date compiled by LWJ.
The closure of the schools highlights the Taliban’s grip on the province, where all of the districts are currently contested.
Today’s claims of responsibility are the first for the group in Burkina Faso since 2016.
The military has not produced detailed press releases for any strikes this year, continuing 2017’s limited transparency.
The Islamic State’s propagandists continue to take aim at rival jihadists, including al Qaeda and Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (HTS). A recent Islamic State video calls upon HTS fighters to defect to the so-called caliphate’s cause.
A Syrian militia led by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) declared on April 6 jihad against US and allied forces in Syria. The IRGC is likely to boost its military support to the group as it explores avenues to drive the US out of Syria.