The Taliban is making a show of cracking down on ISIS — parading one suspected terrorist after he was captured and blindfolded, according to newly released photos.
Afghanistan’s new leadership has repeatedly vowed to crack down on the rival Islamic fundamentalist group blamed for the Kabul airport suicide blast that killed more than 180 people, including 28 Taliban members as well as 13 US service members.
Photos showed a Taliban Special Forces officer escorting a suspected ISIS member in one of the group’s armored vehicles in Kabul.
The suspect was blindfolded by material that completely covered his face, with his arms tight to his sides as if handcuffed, according to the photo released Sunday by Reuters.
Other images showed other Special Forces’ troops brandishing weapons and wearing military gear, much of which the US had given Afghan troops to help fight off the Taliban’s insurgency before the group seized it when Western forces pulled out.
No other details about the detainee were immediately available, including whether he was thought to be tied to the airport attack by ISIS-K, the terror group’s affiliate in Khorasan.
While US officials have feared that the Taliban’s renewed rule of Afghanistan will once again turn the nation into a breeding ground for terrorists, the two Islamic groups are brutal rivals.
ISIS-K and the Taliban “are mortal enemies — because ISIS-K represents a competitor,” Douglas London, the CIA’s former top counterterrorism chief for the region, recently told USA Today.
“They represent a competitor for resources, materials and power, even though they’re relatively small,” he said of the group.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki acknowledged Thursday that “there continue to be active ISIS-K threats.”