04 Dec '17, 10pm

Taliban touts defection of Islamic State 'deputy' | FDD's Long War Journal

The Taliban is touting the defection of a jihadist who purportedly served as the deputy leader of the Islamic State’s Khorasan province (Wilayat Khorasan). On Nov. 30, the group released a propaganda video featuring a man identified as Mullah Abdul Razzaq Mehdi. FDD’s Long War Journal cannot independently confirm his identity. The Taliban is using Razzaq’s testimony to encourage more defections from Wilayah Khorasan. But in so doing, the Taliban effectively concedes that Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s followers are not all that different from its own, despite the differences between the two organizations. Razzaq himself had previously served in the Taliban’s ranks and has now returned to the fold, arguing that there is no need for the so-called caliphate’s governance because the Taliban is already implementing sharia. The US military has said in the past that Wilayah Khorasan was ...

Full article: https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2017/12/taliban-t...

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