Zalmay Khalilzad, the United States Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation in a recent tweet said that U.S. assessment has shown the ISIS-K affiliates were behind Tuesday’s deadly attacks in Kabul and Nangarhar.
In a Twitter thread he said that the ISIS-K is against a peace agreement between the Afghan government and the Taliban and “seeks to encourage sectarian war as in Iraq and Syria.”
Amb. Khalilzad called on Afghans to seize to the “historic” opportunity for peace in Afghanistan and make no more excuse or delays.
“Rather than falling into ISIS trap and delay peace or create obstacles, Afghans must come together to crush this menace and pursue a historic peace opportunity. No more excuses. Afghans, and the world, deserve better,” he took to Twitter.
More than 50 civilians were killed and more than a hundred of them were injured in Tuesday’s heinous assaults on a maternity clinic and during a mourning ceremony in the eastern Nangarhar province.
The armed Taliban denied claiming responsibility for Tuesday’s attacks while the Afghan government accused the group of being responsible for those brutal assaults.
Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani condemned the attacks and ordered the Afghan security and defense forces to shift from defensive position to active offensive position and resume their attacks against the Taliban militants.
In reaction to President Ghani’s order, the armed group said they were fully ready for any offensive operations, adding that for any ramped up violence, the “Kabul Administration” will be responsible.
Following President Ghani’s order, the The armed group carried out a car bomb in Paktia’s center of Gardiz Thursday in the morning, leaving five civilians killed and at least 19 others injured.Follow TKG on Twitter & Facebook