A new group ‘Marg’ emerges in northern #Afghanistan to fight #ISIS and #Taliban | Afghan Zariza

Following reports about the emergence of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Afghanistan, a new resistance group has come up in the northern part of country that seeks to fight ISIS.

Going by the name ‘Marg’ (death), this group has announced war against the ISIS and Taliban in Afghanistan.

Members of this group on Monday went to the Provincial Council office in northern province of Balkh and offered to fight ISIS and Taliban.

The members wore jackets, masks and headbands with the colors of Afghanistan national flag.

According to this group, a large number of people in Balkh have offered their support to them and expressed willingness to join them against ISIS and Taliban.

There is a growing fear that the drawdown of foreign forces will allow ISIS to gain foothold in Afghanistan. Some political pundits have already sounded alarm bells that Afghanistan might become another Iraq.

There is a growing fear that the drawdown of foreign forces will allow ISIS to gain foothold in Afghanistan

According to recent reports, ISIS has already been trying to make inroads in Afghanistan and the main recruiter has been identified as Abdul Rauf Khadim, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee.

Khadim, a former dreaded Taliban commander, was released from Guantanamo in 2007 and handed over to Afghan authorities. However, he managed to escape from Afghan custody in 2009 and rejoined Taliban.

According to reports, he is spearheading ISIS operations in Helmand and some other southern provinces, where some locals recently spotted insurgents carrying the ISIS flag and moving around freely in some districts.

There have also been reports about ISIS running training camps in western Farah province and recruiting local insurgents. The camps are reportedly underway in restive Khak-e-Safid district.

However, the government and security officials have so far denied the possibility of ISIS making inroads in Afghanistan.

According to the officials of National Directorate of Security (NDS), the premier security and intelligence agency of Afghan government, there is no strong evidence pointing to the presence of ISIS militants inside Afghanistan.

The combat mission of NATO-led foreign forces in Afghanistan ended on December 31, 2013. Afghan forces have now assumed the full responsibility of security. Under the new mission, NATO forces will advise, assist and train Afghan forces. – See more at: http://afghanzariza.com/2015/01/27/a-new-group-marg-emerges-in-northern-afghanistan-tofight-isis-and-taliban#sthash.Exoq0JSI.dpuf
A new group ‘Marg’ emerges in northern Afghanistan to fight ISIS and Taliban | Afghan Zariza.


About angelajoya

Assistant Professor, Middle East Political Economy, at the University of Oregon. Currently writing on the Egyptian revolution and the Syrian crisis.
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