On Tuesday, Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers said there was no evidence of Islamic State or al Qaeda militants being in the country, days after Islamic State claimed responsibility for bomb attacks in the eastern city of Jalalabad. Since toppling the Western-backed government in Kabul last month, the Taliban have faced pressure from the international community to renounce ties with al Qaeda, the group behind Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. At the same time, they have had to deal with a series of attacks claimed by an affiliate of the Islamic State. With which they have conflicted for several years over a mix of economic and ideological disputes.
Taliban claims to make a new terrorist-free Afghanistan.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid rejected accusations that al Qaeda maintained a presence in Afghanistan. It repeated pledges that there would be no attacks on third countries from Afghanistan from militant movements. “We do not see anyone in Afghanistan who has anything to do with al Qaeda,” he told. “We committed to the fact that, from Afghanistan, there will not be any danger to any country.” Several years ago, the U.S. military put the group’s strength at about 2,000 fighters, though the time estimated the number was higher. It battled U.S.-led foreign forces and the Taliban for control of smuggling routes.
The group claimed responsibility for a series of bomb attacks in the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan. It also claimed a suicide bomb attack at Kabul airport last month. Attack killed 13 U.S. troops and scores of Afghan civilians who had crowded outside the airport gates. Mujahid denied the movement had any genuine presence in Afghanistan though he said it “invisibly carries out some cowardly attacks.” However, Taliban is itself a militant organization, and now it is talking to wipe out terrorists from Afghanistan. It’s Bizzare to see their reaction to terrorism.