Taliban denying ISIS link is like Pakistan denying Quetta Shura, says Amrullah Saleh
ISIS claimed responsibility for the incident, saying one of its suicide bombers targeted "translators and accomplices with the American troops."
Former Afghan vice president Amrullah Saleh has stated that ISIS-Khorasan has ties to the Taliban and the Haqqani network, active in Kabul.
Afghanistan's acting president said in a tweet from his official account on Friday: "Every evidence we have suggests that IS-K cells have their origins in the Talibs and Haqqani networks, notably those operating in Kabul."
He went on to say that the Taliban's denial of connections to the Islamic State terrorist organisation is comparable to Pakistan's denial of Quetta Shura.
For those who are unfamiliar, Quetta Shura is a terrorist organisation that is said to have emerged in the city of Balochistan immediately after the former Taliban administration in Afghanistan fell in late 2001.
It comes after a series of explosions outside Kabul airport, turning a desperate sight into one of terror in the final days of airlift for Afghans escaping the Taliban control. After a series of devastating bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan, at least 60 Afghans and at least 13 US military members were killed on Thursday night, while about 140 more were seriously injured.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the incident, saying one of its suicide bombers targeted "translators and accomplices with the American troops." The explosions occurred just hours after Western authorities warned of a big attack and urged passengers to flee the airport. That warning, however, went largely unheeded by Afghans anxious to flee the country in the final days of an American-led evacuation before the US formally concludes its 20-year involvement on August 31.