Saturday, December 05, 2015

ISIS is now in Afghanistan.

Thanks to Stuart for the link!

via Daily Mail
Reports emerged this week that the Taliban leader was killed in a dramatic internal shoot-out after a meeting of commanders of the now divided movement turned sour.
The formerly united group has been severed by a bitter internal turmoil that has seen a splinter cell break away and declare loyalty to ISIS, which is steadily carving a trail of bloody destruction through the Taliban’s Afghanistan territory.
It is believed that members of the ISIS-led breakaway cell could be responsible for the as yet unconfirmed death of the Taliban’s elected leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour.
His death, if proven, exposes the strife among the Taliban’s top ranks as the group seems to be crumbling under ISIS’ growing strength in Afghanistan.
Interesting.  A quick history lesson.  Before the Bin Laden ordered the twin towers attack do you know what  he had done?  He ordered the killing of the Commander of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan.  The thinking was that he wanted to clear the board of enemies once he poked the "great Satan".

Now it seems ISIS is doing the samething.

I once quietly hoped that Afghanistan might turn out ok.  I didn't like the idea of "playing nice" and working toward a political solution with the Taliban but couldn't think of a better way forward.

That's probably off the table now.  The Taliban are probably going to be fighting for their very survival...not against the Afghan govt but against ISIS.  If I was betting I'd bet that ISIS will win.  Which means that Pakistan, Afghanistan and eventually India all have a new problem to deal with.

The hits just keep coming.

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