31 May '18, 10pm

Islamic State releases photo of 10-man team responsible for Kabul raid

The Islamic State has released a photo purportedly showing the 10-man team that assaulted the offices of Afghanistan’s interior ministry in Kabul yesterday. The image is similar to photos released after operations conducted by the Islamic State’s Khorasan “province” (or Wilayah Khorasan) in the past. The so-called caliphate’s inghimasi teams have launched sophisticated operations inside the Afghan capital on a number of occasions. The group likes to honor its “martyrs” with pictures of them mugging for the camera before their hour of terror. In this respect, the photo is not really noteworthy. But it is important for another reason. Namely, the US initially said that it did not think the Islamic State’s arm was responsible for the assault. If the photo is legitimate, then that early assessment was wrong and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s loyalists did carry it out. At a press brie...

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