The Taliban announces murder of leader of the ISIS group, Abu Omar Khorasani, in Afghanistan.
Khorasani had reportedly succeeded Sheikh Abdul Haseeb Logari in April 2017 after he was killed.
Taliban dragged Abu Omar Khorasani from his cell & executed him. He was one time head of Taliban’s rival, Daesh Khorasan. The 8 others who were killed alongside him were his group members. In ruthless Afghan war, Taliban consider Daesh Khorasan as their main threat in the future. https://t.co/o4Q7A5Ea1P— bookscache (@bookscache) September 25, 2021
After the Taliban captured the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Augu
st 15, conflicting reports were released about his fate with some suggesting that Khorasani was released along with thousands of other prisoners while others said he had been killed by the Taliban.
In an August 26 report, The Wall Street Journal said the Taliban had killed the militant and eight other members of his terror group after seizing Kabul and its prison the previous week.
On Saturday, the Taliban confirmed that Khorasani had been shot dead, the Lebanese al-Mayadeen television channel reported.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Khorasani said he had left Nangarhar last year as the remnants of Daesh militants dispersed inside Afghanistan. He was arrested by US and Afghan forces in a house outside Kabul in May 2020.
A judge sentenced him to death and 800 years in prison, he said. But the Taliban got to him first.
Daesh has a foothold in eastern and northern Afghanistan, particularly in Nangarhar, which is regarded as its base in the war-torn country.
"The only known execution since the capital’s Sunday takeover was of Abu Omar Khorasani, the former head of Islamic State in South Asia, who was taken by the Taliban from an Afghan government prison and killed on the spot, according to officials." https://t.co/oJ4lkJJXbR pic.twitter.com/TR3SvyYOVl— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) August 17, 2021
It has claimed responsibility for several attacks against the Taliban recently.
Following President Joe Biden’s decision to fully withdraw US forces from Afghanistan, the Afghan government swiftly collapsed and the Taliban took control of the entire country.
The Taliban announced the formation of a caretaker government in early September.
Before the United States invaded the country under the pretext of fighting terrorism following the 9/11 attacks and toppled the Taliban-run government in 2001, the group had ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.
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