Despite the regular upbeat updates about how someone in Iraq is just beating the tar out of ISIS by destroying Ramadi to save it, the Islamic State seems to be doing well. In fact, they are showing an increased presence in Afghanistan.
Note: the U.S. has been in the process of liberating Afghanistan for over 14 years at the cost of several thousand American lives, never mind how many hundreds of thousands of Afghans.
But never mind all that. ISIS has begun transmitting fatwas in Jalalabad, one of the biggest cities in Afghanistan (Fun fact: the U.S. first liberated Jalalabad in 2001), for the first time. According to the officials and local inhabitants, ISIS has been transmitting extremist fatwas by radio for hours in the city, and it is the first time they are doing so.
As the district governor Haji Ghalib reported, the “Voice of the Caliphate” has been preaching “lots of revolutionary propaganda and fatwas” for ISIS, and is calling on the ISIS followers to kill anyone that dares stand in the path of ISIS. This transmission of fatwas has begun since earlier this week. “If something is not done, these fatwas will have very serious consequences,” he further added.
Afghan officials have said that the ISIS transmissions are originating from the Pakistani side of the border, suggesting ISIS has also found a home in Pakistan.
A senior Taliban commander also confirmed the broadcasts from ISIS. The commander for the Taliban, who have been fighting the government forces since they were knocked down by the U.S.-backed forces back in 2001, said that his fighters had also heard the broadcasts from ISIS, who are their bitter rivals. He also went on to complain that Taliban lacked the resources to compete with ISIS.
Wait — the Taliban lack the resources to compete with ISIS? Sounds like an opportunity for the U.S. to start sending financial aid to the Taliban as our new allies against ISIS!