New Delhi, Aug 27: The Islamic State Khorasan Province claimed responsibility for the suicide attacks at the Kabul Airport in which several persons including Afghans were killed. While the ISKP has carried out several attacks and has been at war with the Taliban, the most recent one at the airport is probably one of the most blatant.
The ISKP was established in the Nangarhar province of eastern Afghanistan in January 2015. While it has not managed to beat down the Taliban, the outfit has always been an irritant in Afghanistan.
When the ISKP was formed, Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour had written to the ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to stop the recruitment drive. The ISIS had started recruiting disgruntled Taliban fighters. Mansour had said in the letter that any activity by the ISIS in Afghanistan should be carried out under the leadership of the Taliban.