DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:00 A.M.) – New photos have emerged showing the Islamic State purging the Taliban amid a bid to expel the latter group from the eastern Nangarhar province.
In late May, the Islamic State announced it had killed 115 Taliban fighters in the year of 2017 alone. This death toll has likely moved closer to 200 since then due to intensified infighting.
According to Amaq Agency, ISIS militants overran three Taliban-held points in the contested Tora Bora mountain region this weekend, resulting in the capture of a large batch of armaments and grim beheading of rival jihadist combattants:
The infamous Tora Bora military base, once a hideout for none other than Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden himself, remains disputed between ISIS and the Taliban as the two warring parties continue to battle it out without interference from government troops:
Back in early 2015, the Islamic State established its Wilayah Khorasan branch in Afghanistan after a bunch of tribes defected to the self-proclaimed caliphate. Although initially tolerated by the Taliban leadership as a potential partner force against the Afghan Army, the two jihadist factions quickly fell out and began attacking each other.