Taliban warn IS not to interfere in Afghanistan
The letter comprised nine articles and a preamble reached to media outlets from Taliban’s spokesmen Zabihullah Mujahid and Qari Yousuf Ahmadi.
In the letter, Taliban mentioned their achievements against foreign forces. The group recalled, they had established an Islamic system during their rule in Afghanistan and everything was happening under the teaching of Quran and Sunnah.
The letter maintained that Arabic spoken Jihadi leaders such as Sheikh Abdullah Azam, Osama Bin Ladin and Abu Masab Alzarqavi had launched their Jihad from Afghanistan.
The letter addressed to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Taliban mentioned the Islamic system had rooted out communist and other un-Islamic rituals from Afghanistan. The infidels did not like the progress of Islam under Taliban’s rule and invaded Afghanistan under false pretext.
Taliban, however, did not let their weapons down and continued their attacks on foreign forces in the past 13 years. They said in the letter, Jihad against invaders could be successful and result-oriented under a single flag and leadership, adding that creation of more groups would disorganize the ongoing Jihad in Afghanistan.
Sending of a letter to IS leadership and airing concerns came at a time when fighting between Taliban and IS fighters had been reported in different parts of the country recently.
In the letter, Taliban told IS that their leadership had the support of as many as 1,500 national and international Ulama and therefore they don’t feel the need for a separate campaign against invaders.
They made it clear that under multiple flags and leadership Jihad would be harmed.
They reminded the IS of their non-interference policy and asked them adopt the same policy in Afghanistan.
They believed the US and NATO forces were defeated in Afghanistan and it was the time that other Islamic organization should extend them support instead of creating problems for the group.
Taliban in the letter asked IS leadership to adopt a formal way of communication with them in order to avoid misunderstanding. They warned if the group’s 40 years achievements in Afghanistan were put in danger they would react harshly.
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