Joe Biden’s failed Afghanistan withdrawal opened the floodgates for ISIS-K to rebuild its ranks, and many fear the terror organization will create another brutal caliphate.
Recent reports indicate the suicide bomber who detonated explosives outside Kabul airport, killing 13 U.S. soldiers and more than 170 civilians, was released from Bagram Air Base prison. Biden reportedly overruled national security advisers who urged him to maintain operational control of the military-style airport. After overrunning Bagram Air Base, the Taliban released upwards of 7,000 prisoners, many of whom are ISIS-K members or sympathizers.
“Security officials have now confirmed to me that the Aug. 26 Kabul bomber was a known ISIS-K terrorist that was previously detained at the Bagram prison and was released along with thousands of others just days before the deadly attack,” Rep. Ken Calvert reportedly confirmed. “There were 7,000 prisoners housed there — terrorists, the worst of the terrorists — held separately from other terrorists.”
The ISIS-K faction embedded in Afghanistan got a significant boost after Biden’s handlers made the strategic error to remove a U.S. military presence, despite the Taliban broking its word to form a democratic government. Rather than hold their feet to the fire, Joe Biden’s handlers orchestrated a foolhardy withdrawal designed to give White House occupant a 9-11 anniversary photo-op. It all fell apart as the Taliban rolled across the countryside during the spring and completed the overthrow in August.
But like many errors made by the Biden Administration, the Taliban find themselves in dire straits. Having released political prisoners throughout the country, ISIS-K has returned to full strength. Even as the Taliban call for relative peace, its rival terrorist outfit has resumed widespread violence. ISIS-K takes issue with the Taliban not following its ultra-extreme brand of Islam and remains committed to installing its own regime. Efforts to undermine public confidence in the struggling Taliban include a recent mosque suicide bombing that killed 46 and wounded upwards of 143 Shiite Muslims.
“I assure our Shiite brothers that the Taliban are prepared to ensure their safety,” deputy police chief Dost Mohammad Obaida reportedly said.
Those words ring as hollow as U.S. Gen. Mark Milley calling the withdrawal a “logistical success.” It’s counterintuitive for Biden’s woke generals or the Taliban rulers to try and persuade civilians they enjoy safety and security while bombs explode and hundreds are dead or wounded. The Taliban also uses political rhetoric that claims ISIS-K constitutes only a nuisance while their actions prove otherwise.
“We don’t call Daesh a threat, but we call it a headache,” Taliban minister Zabiullah Mujahid reportedly said. “It creates headaches in some places but is immediately taken out in every incident; (they) have been chased out and their sanctuaries found.”
Contrary to the phony narrative by the government official, the Taliban struggles with foot soldiers abandoning it for ISIS-K and al-Qaeda. Taliban military leaders recently began enhanced vetting of its troops and commanders, suspecting infiltrators plan to undermine its authority and entice disgruntled soldiers to prepare for a coup d’état. Experts indicate ISIS-K possesses a determined leader in Shahab al-Muhajir with rare abilities.
“Whatever his ethnicity, he has ended up being much better positioned than his predecessors to revive (ISIS-K),” threat assessment organization Ex-Trac reportedly stated. “His taking the reins of power in mid-2020 culminated in radical change for the organization, change that has seen it transitioning from a fragmented and degraded network into the aggressive phalanx it is today.”
A former U.S. intelligence officer agreed with the international group’s assessment.
“(ISIS-K’s) leader Shahab right now is working within Taliban ranks, but the Taliban don’t know him,” the ex-official reportedly said. “ISIS-K in Afghanistan is a live bomb roaming free within the Taliban.”