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Taliban kill ISIS Khorasan leader behind Kabul airport bombing

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The Taliban killed the suspect in a 2021 attack on Kabul airport that killed 13 US soldiers and about 170 Afghans, US officials told multiple media outlets, though details of the deal were not disclosed.


  • The suspect was killed in southern Afghanistan by Taliban fighters earlier this month, according to the Associated Press, but the person’s exact identity and method of killing is not publicly known.
  • What is known is that the suspect is believed to be the leader of the Afghan branch of the Islamic State, known as ISIS-K, short for the “Islamic State of Khorasan”.
  • According to the Washington Post, the United States did not participate in the Taliban’s efforts.
  • The Pentagon did not immediately respond to Forbes’ request for comment.

main context

The suicide bombing outside Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 26, 2021 has highlighted the chaotic withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan after 20 years of fighting with Islamic militants. The airport was the last neighborhood in Kabul to escape the control of the Taliban, who took control of all major Afghan cities within 11 days, after the withdrawal of US forces. The airport quickly became a scene of turmoil after the Taliban swept the country as Afghans hoping to leave as refugees rushed there hoping to flee, which sadly led to the death of many Afghans trying to stick out for the departing air force. C-17 aircraft.

Amazing fact

ISIS-K was created in 2015 as an offshoot of the Islamic State group, which swept across Iraq and Syria and was known for its brutality. The group, made up of former Afghan and Pakistani Taliban fighters, captured small parts of eastern Afghanistan, but was repulsed by US and Taliban counterattacks. Since the collapse of the US-backed Afghan government in 2021, the Islamic State has taken deeper control of the country, though it still faces pressure from the Taliban, according to a series of Pentagon documents leaked online and obtained by The Washington Post.

the shadow

After taking control of Afghanistan, the Taliban has indicated that it is open to social reform and wants to maintain diplomatic relations with the United States. However, relations between the two countries soured after the Taliban imposed a strict ban on the education of women and girls and carried out “revenge killings” of Afghans who worked with the US armed forces. However, the United States and the Taliban have maintained limited channels of communication, as ISIS is seen as a common enemy.

Translated article from the American magazine Forbes – Author: Nicholas Rayman

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