DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:29 A.M.) – The vice leader of the Islamic State terror group in Afganistan Abderrazaq Mahdi defected from ISIS in a video statement published on Taliban-run media.

Citing his dislike of ISIS’s oppression of Muslims in regions falling under their domain, Mahdi defected to the Taliban almost a week ago as fierce battles take place between the two extremist groups in Afghanistan’s Nanjarhar province.

Notably, Abderrazaq Mahdi was the figure responsible for communication and coordination between ISIS’s Iraqi and Afghan branches. The following is the video displaying Mahdi’s most recent interview in which he addressed the reasons behind his decision:

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