Taliban fighters, on 16 August, killed the former head of the Islamic State (IS) in South Asia and the Far East, Abu Omar Khorasani, soon after their takeover of the Afghan capital Kabul, according to media.
Local reports indicate that mere hours after their victory, the Taliban entered Kabul’s Pul-i-Charkhi prison where Khorasani was being held since last year, before executing him on the spot.
A photo of his body was later posted on social media.
Khorasani’s execution has been well received amid concerns about what the Taliban’s stance will be regarding the IS threat in the region.
On 18 August, senior Taliban official Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa told a PressTV interviewer that IS extremists are “deviant” and that their beliefs do not exist among any Afghan group.
During the interview, the Taliban leader also revealed that IS fighters are “more or less on the side of the government,” suggesting that the former Afghan administration used the terrorist group for intelligence purposes.
Khairkhwa went on to say that if IS had a headquarters in Afghanistan, then the Taliban would undoubtedly bring the fight to them.
These developments come just as nations such as Iran, Russia and China have declared their readiness to contribute to the establishment of lasting peace and security in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s victory. In various statements, officials of these nations have expressed “hope” that the Taliban would work to thwart terrorism afflicting the region.
On 18 August, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi held a conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, during which the Iranian leader said that “The establishment of security, peace and tranquility in Afghanistan has always been emphasized by the Islamic Republic [of Iran], and we believe that all active Afghan groups should work together to establish stability in the country as soon as possible and make the US withdrawal a turning point for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.”
Meanwhile, one day after the fall of the US-backed Afghan government, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China is ready to deepen “friendly and cooperative” relations with Taliban leaders.