15 Jul '15, 5am

Mullah Omar takes aim at the Islamic State in thinly-veiled message

In a newly-released statement, Taliban emir Mullah Omar argues that the jihadists’ gains in Afghanistan won’t be squandered due to infighting as they were in the past. Although Omar doesn’t address the Islamic State directly, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s “caliphate” is clearly on the Taliban leader’s mind. The message is peppered with thinly-veiled references to the Islamic State and the Taliban dissenters who have joined its ranks. The Islamic State’s so-called “Khorasan province” and the Taliban have been at odds in multiple Afghan provinces. Omar’s statement opens with a brief account, from the Taliban’s perspective, of Afghanistan’s history since 9/11. He portrays the American-led invasion not as a response to the devastating terror attacks planned by al Qaeda on Afghan soil, but instead as a “brutal aggression.” Omar claims that the Taliban is obligated to fight because “mo...

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