Taliban troubled over ISIS's attempts to expand foothold in Afghanistan

| Updated: Jul 11, 2016 20:29 IST

Kabul, July 11 (ANI): The Taliban militant group is troubled with repeated attempts of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) loyalists trying to expand their foothold in Afghanistan, saying it is aware of the problems and consequences the country could face if the ISIS succeeds. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid issued a statement after reports of hoisting of ISIS flags in the restive parts of northeastern Badakhshan province emerged. The officials said on Saturday that hundreds of the Taliban militants were seen holding ISIS flags in Khostak area of Wardoj district, reports the Khaama Press. Mujahid claimed that the areas of Badakhsahn province including Khostak in Wardoj district are under the control of the Taliban militants and declared that the Taliban group will not allow any other militant group to gain foothold in the country. The latest statement by Taliban group comes as the two militant groups have been engaged in bloody battles in parts of the country in the past. Both the Taliban and ISIS loyalists declared Jihad against each other in Afghanistan last year. Earlier, ISIS leader Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi called Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar "a fool and illiterate warlord" while on the other hand, Taliban fighters have been ordered by their leaders not to let Daesh flag rise in Afghanistan. (ANI)