In this Friday, May 27, 2016 photo, Taliban fighters stand guard as senior leader of a breakaway faction of the Taliban Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi, not pictured, delivers a speech to his fighters, in Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan. Niazi said Sunday, May 29, 2016 he was willing to hold peace talks with the Afghan government but would demand the imposition of Islamic law and the departure of all foreign forces. (AP Photos/Allauddin Khan)

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:00 PM) – The leader of the Taliban, Hibatullah Akhundzada, has officially urged his supporters to stop fighting ISIS groups in Afghanistan, according to local media reports on Saturday.

Akhundzada addressed representatives of the extremist tribal confederation during a meeting of Taliban leaders in the rural Helmand province of Afghanistan about two weeks ago, sources within the Afghan security forces say. The meeting allegedly also involved members of the Quetta Shura, as the Taliban top leadership council is officially called.

During this meeting, Akhundzada is reported to have asked for an end to hostilities between the Taliban forces and the so-called ISIS Khorasan Province (ISIS-KP), the Afghan branch of the international terrorist organisation.

The two armed groups have in the past often clashed violently, with for example over 90 militants from both sides being killed in an armed conflict last April. Around the same time, ISIS assassinated one of the top Taliban leaders in the city of Peshawar, northwestern Afghanistan. ISIS has accused the Taliban of being driven by ethnic Pashtun nationalism and tribal traditions, rather than by the Salafist-Wahhabi ideology that is the basis for both Al Qaeda and ISIS.

Afghanistan has experienced continuous instability and conflict for decades, due to a combination of violent insurgency and foreign occupation. For the past 16 years, the United States has had armed forces in the country in an attempt to defeat militant groups.

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Terence Silvestre Jr.
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Afaganistan is one of the greatest failures of the United States of America in the history of mankind in its hypocritical war against terror, for its own shame and a hard blows to its perverse and infamous arrogance.
It is also the tangent proof of what happens when one state tries to impose its policy and custom on another, for whatever reason.
It would never end well for either of them.

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Nowadays Afghanistan is sadly the incubator of all kinds of trends and emergence of new terrorist groups.

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Ehhh? In Syria ISIS, are fighting all sort of other Islamist groups. While the Taliban are an Afghan movement, ISIS is their pan-Arab philosophical rival and military threat. The Taliban need to exterminate ISIS not compromise with them. Compromise is required with the government in Kabul.