Afghanistan intel had informed US about Kabul airport blasts and role of ISIS: Reports
Kabul: Top sources in the National Directorate of Security in Afghanistan, the country’s national intelligence and security service, have said that the agency had forewarned the United States about the twin blasts that took place in Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International airport which left over 100 people dead and disrupted further the peace in a nation already battered by conflict and Taliban takeover.
The source told CNN-News18 that the US was informed that the Haqqani network will carry out the blast and ISIS will take responsibility. Allegedly, the Haqqani network saw that as the only solution to end the fiasco at the airport.
Amrullah Saleh, who has declared himself Afghanistan’s caretaker President, said that the Taliban's denying links to the Islamic State (ISIS) is identical to Pakistan's denial on the Quetta Shura, a militant group composed of leaders of the Afghan Taliban based within the city of Quetta in Balochistan province.
"Every evidence we have in hand shows that IS-K cells have their roots in Talibs & Haqqani network, particularly the ones operating in Kabul. Talibs denying links with ISIS is identical/similar to denial of Pak on Quetta Shura. Talibs hv leanred vry [sic] well from the master," he tweeted.
Every evidence we have in hand shows that IS-K cells have their roots in Talibs & Haqqani network particularly the ones operating in Kabul. Talibs denying links with ISIS is identical/similar to denial of Pak on Quetta Shura. Talibs hv leanred vry well from the master. #Kabul— Amrullah Saleh (@AmrullahSaleh2) August 27, 2021
Comparing Pakistan, he said Taliban have learnt 'very well' from the 'master'.
He said that every evidence in hand shows that the Islamic State –Khorasan, which claimed responsibility for Thursday’s deadly suicide blasts outside Kabul airport, have deep roots in the Taliban and the Haqqani network.
The death toll from a series of terrorist attacks, led by the Islamic State, in the Afghan capital of Kabul has reached 103 people, media reported Friday.
The Wall Street Journal reported that at least 103 people – 90 Afghan civilians and 13 US servicemen – have been killed in the attacks.
As many as 1,338 people have been injured by the terrorist attacks, a source in the Afghan Ministry of Health told Sputnik Friday.
At least four blasts targeted Kabul airport and its outskirts. The Islamic State-Khorasan terrorist group reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks which occurred Thursday evening.
Thousands of people have been gathering outside the Kabul airport in recent days with western troops racing to evacuate foreigners and Afghans from the war-torn country by an Aug 31 deadline, set by US President Joe Biden.