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White House Official: Kabul Airport Bombing Mastermind Killed by Afghan Taliban

epa09430530 Smoke billows from the airport area after a blast outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, 26 August 2021. At least 13 people including children were killed in a blast outside the airport on 26 August. The blast occurred outside the Abbey Gate and follows recent security warnings of attacks ahead of the 31 August deadline for US troops withdrawal. EPA/AKHTER GULFAM

According to a British Reuters report on April 25, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said on the same day that the Taliban in Afghanistan recently killed an extremist organization “Islamic State Khorasan Branch” (ISIS). -K) Terrorist who was the mastermind of the bombing at Kabul airport in August 2021.

According to the report, Kirby did not specify the specific identity of the ISIS-K member, nor did he specify when the Taliban killed him. “He was a key member of ISIS-K who was directly involved in planning operations such as the Kabul airport bombing. Now he can no longer plan or carry out any attacks,” Kirby said in a statement.

The National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) quoted three anonymous U.S. officials as saying that the Taliban killed the senior member of ISIS-K in an operation earlier this month. Provided any operational information or intelligence.

The U.S. officials added that the U.S. had confirmed the death of the ISIS-K member through other intelligence and sources.

“Islamic State Khorasan Branch” is a branch organization of the extremist organization “Islamic State” (ISIS) in Afghanistan and Pakistan. “Khorasan” in its name is a historical term, referring to the parts of the Middle East and Central Asia. According to Reuters, members of the group first appeared in eastern Afghanistan in 2014 and rapidly expanded to other regions in the following years.

On August 26, 2021, during the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, a suicide bomb attack occurred outside Kabul International Airport, killing 13 U.S. soldiers and at least 170 Afghans. ISIS-K claimed responsibility for the attack.

Qatar Al Jazeera said that ISIS-K has as many as 4,000 members in Afghanistan and is the main military threat to the Taliban in Afghanistan. Since the Taliban took over Kabul in August 2021, the organization has continued to create attacks across Afghanistan, mainly targeting the Shia community and foreign investors in Afghanistan.

In order to eliminate the threat of ISIS-K, the interim government of Afghanistan is continuing to attack the stronghold of extremist organizations. On March 27 this year, the Afghan interim government announced that Afghan security forces had killed the second leader of ISIS-K, Maulavi Zioddin, and two other senior members in a raid in March.

Afghan Dawn TV said the Taliban carried out at least 70 raids against ISIS across Afghanistan last year.

Khalilzad, the former U.S. special representative for Afghan reconciliation, pointed out that the Taliban promised to fight ISIS-K in the Doha agreement. Khalilzad called on the U.S. government to step up its engagement with the Taliban to implement a “Doha agreement that is in the interests of Afghanistan and the United States.”

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