No distinction between Taliban and ISIS: Amrullah Saleh


Kabul: (Raja Furqan Ahmed) The First Vice President of Afghanistan Amrullah Saleh said the confessions of the detained ISIS leaders leave no room for illusions regarding Taliban and ISIS, apparently gesturing that there is no distinction between the two groups. Speaking during a gathering in Nangarhar province, Saleh said certain ‘strangers’ claim that a specific group carried out the attacks in Kabul and Nangarhar on Tuesday.
However, Saleh said the confessions of Aslam Farooqi and Abu Omar, the two top leaders of ISIS, leave no room for any question regarding the Taliban and ISIS. Saleh accused the Taliban group of the deadly attack on a maternity ward in Kabul city, emphasizing that the group would not be able to seize power by force.
He also added that the Taliban inked a peace deal with the foreigners but the group is still killing the Afghans.
This comes as the Taliban rejected the involvement of the group in the two deadly attacks in Kabul and Nangarhar provinces. The group on Friday issued a statement demanding a transparent and impartial investigation into the deadly attacks in Kabul and Nangarhar provinces.
The group condemned the two attacks in strong words and blamed the ‘criminal and malicious elements affiliated with the Afghan government’ for being involved in the two attacks. “The Islamic Emirate strongly condemned both attacks and clarified that these attacks were the work of criminal and malicious elements who are seeking to attain their malicious objectives by killing defenceless human beings,” the group said in a statement. The statement further added, “The Islamic Emirate once again clarifies that it had no hand in the Dashti Barchi incident, considers it a vile, inhumane and an un-Islamic act and shares the grief of the families of martyrs and wounded of this tragedy.”
The Afghan government earlier ordered the Afghan forces to resume offensive operations against the militants, blaming the Taliban and ISIS groups for targeting the civilians, women and infants. Dozens of people including many security personnel, women and newborn children were killed after the militants carried out a series of attacks in Kabul, Nangarhar and Laghman provinces during the course of the week.