Taliban raid in Kabul neighbourhood kills two Daesh militants

Raid comes amid an increase in attacks by Daesh fighters in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover of the country in August 2021

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The Kabul operation targeted Daesh militants planning to organise attacks in the Afghan capital.  — AFP file
The Kabul operation targeted Daesh militants planning to organise attacks in the Afghan capital. — AFP file

Published: Mon 27 Feb 2023, 3:57 PM

Last updated: Mon 27 Feb 2023, 3:58 PM

Taliban security forces killed two militants from the Daesh group and detained a third in an overnight raid in the Afghan capital of Kabul, the spokesman for the Taliban government said on Monday.

The regional affiliate of the Daesh group — Daesh in Khorasan Province — is a key rival of the Taliban. The militant group has increased its attacks in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover of the country in August 2021. Targets have included Taliban patrols and members of Afghanistan’s minority community.


Separately, the Taliban gained control over the weekend of Afghanistan's Embassy in Iran, previously staffed with appointees of the US-backed Afghan government, and on Monday appointed their own diplomats to the mission.

According to Zabihullah Mujahid, the main Taliban government spokesman, the Kabul operation took place in a residential neighbourhood, targeting Daesh militants who were planning to organise attacks in the Afghan capital. He said the Kher Khana neighbourhood is an important Daesh hideout.


There was no immediate comment from the Daesh group.

Mujahid said two Daesh members were killed and one was arrested, and ammunition and military equipment were seized in the raid. There were no casualties among the Taliban forces during in the operation, he added.

In a separate operation this month, Taliban intelligence forces killed three Daesh militants and arrested one in an overnight operation in eastern part of Kabul, in Karti Naw neighbourhood. The Taliban had claimed that Daesh was behind organised recent attacks in the capital.

Overnight, posts on on social media reported several explosions and small-arms fire in the area of Kher Khana.

The Taliban swept across the country in mid-August 2021, seizing power as US and Nato forces were in the last weeks of their final withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of war. The international community has not recognised the Taliban government, wary of the harsh measures they have imposed since their takeover, restricting rights and freedoms, especially for of women and minorities.

Afghanistan’s economy has been sent into a tailspin since the takeover, with millions driven into poverty and hunger. Foreign aid stopped almost overnight. Sanctions on Taliban rulers, a halt on bank transfers and frozen billions in Afghanistan’s currency reserves abroad have already restricted access to global institutions and the outside money that supported the country’s aid-dependent economy before the US and Nato pullout.

In neighbouring Iran on Sunday, authorities handed over control of Afghanistan’s Embassy in Tehran to envoys of the Taliban government. Previously, the embassy was staffed by the US-backed Afghan government envoys.

The development was a win for the Taliban administration, which is expected to now fly the Taliban flag over the mission in the Iranian capital, not the Afghan flag.

There was no official comment from Tehran on the transfer of authority and it was unclear if that constituted an official recognition of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as the Taliban call their administration.

In Kabul, the Taliban Foreign Affairs Ministry in a statement said embassy “activities will continue in Tehran following the dispatching” of a new chargé d’affaires and diplomats from Afghanistan. The statement further stresses that changing mission diplomats abroad is the legitimate right of every country.

“The new appointments,” it said, would ensure “transparency in the affairs of the embassy as well as expanded relations in various fields between the two Muslim and brotherly countries.”

Zia Ahmad, Taliban-appointed deputy spokesman at the foreign ministry, said on Monday that Fazel Mohammed Haqqani, was named the new chargé d’affaires in Iran. The spokesman described the new envoy — as an “experienced” diplomat.

Ahmad said a seven-member team was sent to Tehran with Haqqani to provide services to Afghans in Iran.

This was “an important and helpful step in bilateral relations between Afghanistan and Iran”, Ahmad added.


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