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    The Islamic State (ISIL) terrorist group and the Taliban extremist movement in Afghanistan allegedly turned against each other.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Islamic State (ISIL) terrorist group and the Taliban extremist movement in Afghanistan have announced jihad against each other, Khaama Press reported on Monday citing Afghani police.

    According to the Afghani media, the police chief of the southern Helmand province, Nabi Jan Mullahkhil, said that he has obtained documents proving that the two groups have turned against each other.

    There have been no official confirmation of this information yet.

    In January 2015, Radio Free Europe reported that the leader of the ISIL, Abu Bakr Bagdadi has called Taliban head Mullah Omar a "fool and illiterate warlord" claiming that the ISIL has achieved more in the past two years than the Taliban group has in the past ten.

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    © AP Photo / Pakistani Taliban handout
    Earlier in April, Alexei Arbatov, head of the Center for International Security of the Russian Academy of Sciences asserted that there was a risk of ISIL, Taliban and Al-Qaeda merging into one group in Afghanistan.

    Last Tuesday, Independent Institute Center on Peace and Liberty Director Ivan Eland told Sputnik that the Taliban would increase recruiting and fundraising if it entered in partnership with the ISIL.

    Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIL) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), is a radical Sunni group that currently controls large areas in Iraq and Syria. IS affiliates are increasingly active in Afghanistan and Yemen.


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