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Afghanistan’s Role in Regional Terrorism Sparks Concerns Amidst Twin Bombings in Iran

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The escalating terrorism originating from Afghanistan is causing heightened concerns among neighbouring countries, particularly evidenced by recent attacks on Pakistan by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the emergence of the Islamic State’s Khorasan Province (ISKP-ISIS), impacting Iran.

Officially confirming ISIS’s role, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) attributed the suicide bombings in the Iranian city of Kerman to the terrorist organization. The Afghan Taliban, utilizing Al-Mursad’s communication channels, presented conflicting narratives, attempting to shift blame either to Tajikistan, propose an international conspiracy, or suggest Iran’s prior knowledge of the attacks.

Al-Masrid, a media outlet linked to the Taliban, sought to deflect responsibility by claiming the suicide bombers were Tajik nationals, insinuating potential involvement by neighbouring countries using ISIS against Iran. The Taliban’s media wing portrayed the attacks as part of an international conspiracy, linking them to Iran’s pro-Palestinian foreign policy against the Israeli occupation.

Al-Masrid also placed blame on Iran, stating that the Afghan government had shared intelligence about ISIS activities. Questions arise about whether the attacks could have been prevented had Iran acted on this intelligence.

The United States has affirmed ISIS’s role in the twin bombings in Kerman, resulting in a reported loss of nearly 100 lives. This underscores the alarming spread of terrorism from Afghanistan, posing a severe threat to the entire region.

Neighbouring countries grapple with the repercussions of terrorism originating from Afghanistan, potentially destabilizing the entire region and creating an atmosphere of uncertainty and insecurity. Despite mounting evidence, the Taliban government denies involvement in regional terrorism and the exploitation of Afghan territory for such activities.

As terrorism shadows regional stability, the international community closely monitors the situation, emphasizing the need for collective efforts to address root causes and prevent further escalation. The evolving situation in Afghanistan demands a comprehensive and collaborative approach to ensure the safety and security of the entire region.

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