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Why ISIS-K is Taliban’s biggest threat

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There have been twin bomb attacks and mass shootings at Kabul’s major international airport as thousands flee following the Taliban takeover

Following the attacks near the Kabul airport Thursday local time, Pentagon officials claimed that ISIS, and the terror network claimed responsibility.

Who are they?

The Islamic State Khorasan Province, or ISIS-K, is an enemy of Taliban.

ISIS-K is a terrorist organisation that is responsible for numerous deadly attacks in Afghanistan.

What’s their aim?

The group is an affiliate of the Islamic State group that ripped through Iraq and Syria from 2014.

ISIS-K’s objective is to set up the province of Khorasan to be a part of Islamic State’s so-called global caliphate.

Why do Taliban see them as a threat?

“ISIS-K is a sworn enemy of the Taliban, and they have a history of fighting one another,” US President Joe Biden said on Sunday.

Doctor John Coyne, who’s the head of strategic policing and law enforcement at ASPI says the attacks seen at Kabul airport “was a cowardly attack by #ISIS, attacking unarmed civilians who are already desperate and scared”

“It was obviously reasonably well planned and synchronised, which shows the capability of ISIS came this.”

So what does ISIS-k have to gain with terrorist attacks? and what has the Taliban’s reaction been?

Doctor John Coyne from ASPI ON WHO ISIS-K IS

Coyne’s understanding is that ISIS-K have actually gone through and claimed this attack, which is not really surprising.

“So interesting enough as the Taliban approached, there’s some interesting allegations coming out that as they freed prisoners from couple jail, freeing their own fighters, they also executed a number of ISK members,” he told ticker news.


Coyne says Taliban is trying to legitimately form a government.

“And I think, whilst they may despise the US government, they very much and want to take control and have this end as quickly as possible, they very much understand that it’s not in their long term interest to have terrorist attacks.”

He says that further tragedy only encourages future interference in the Taliban’s country.

“So from that perspective, I think the Taliban are cooperating as quickly as possible. They’ve set a hard date to get this over and done with and they don’t want to terror attacks, they just want the Americans out as quickly as possible. Of course, we’re, you know, our fingers crossed that this can come down in some degree, but we have no idea. If that’s taking place.”

Can we expect more attacks?

We know the US and the White House have already made comment that they’re on red alert for more attacks.

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Coyne notes that what tech showed the world, is that ISIS have a capability to recon and plan attacks, and reasonably sophisticated attacks.

“They’ve got an intent to appear on the world stage. And at the moment, the biggest target on the world stage is Kabul airport, all eyes of the globe are sitting there watching that tragedy unfold.”

“So of course, it’s a pressure cooker environment, and there’s a high risk of further attacks.”

Coyne says Taliban are going to have to fight other warlords who continue to maintain pair remote areas across Afghanistan, and they’re also going to have to fight the likes of ISIS-K.

“And they’re going to have to reconcile what they will do with the future about Al Qaeda.”

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Russia will formally annex Ukraine regions Friday

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Russia will formally annex four more areas of Ukraine on Friday, after self-styled referendums in those regions yielded overwhelming support for the move.

The Russian-backed officials who organized the votes said that nearly all of those who cast ballots supported the annexation. The referendums were held in Luhansk and Donetsk in the east, and in Zaporizhzhia and Kherson in the south.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to make a major speech at the Kremlin following the signing ceremony. Ukraine and the West have condemned the referendums as a sham, but Russia has long claimed that the people of those regions want to be part of the Russian Federation.

The annexations are likely to further escalate the tensions between Russia and the West, which have been at loggerheads over Ukraine since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. Friday’s move is sure to be met with condemnation from the international community.

Russia has long claimed that the people of those regions want to be part of the Russian Federation. The annexations are likely to further escalate the tensions between Russia and the West, which have been at loggerheads over Ukraine since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. Friday’s move is sure to be met with condemnation from the international community.

 

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Chinese leader Xi Jinping makes his return to the public eye

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Chinese leader Xi Jinping has made his public appearance since returning to China

The President recently left his country for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

He quashed rumours of a coup, which sent shockwaves through social media ahead of an important Communist Party meeting.

On Tuesday, he visited an exhibition showing of China’s achievements during his time in power.

Of course, this comes as tensions continue to simmer in the Taiwan Straits.

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IRAN PROTESTS | Are countries using religion as an excuse to violate basic human rights?

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Iran protests are engulfing the country as thousands take to the streets in a revolution against oppression

IRAN PROTESTS – The story of Iran is one of a country that has been through a lot in recent history.

An uprising of both men and women has engulfed Iran, following the death of Mahsa Amini. Women are cutting their hair and burning their hijabs, demanding some form of change to the strict rules that impact their ultimate freedom.

From the Iranian Revolution in 1979 to the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, the nation’s residents have witnessed their fair share of turmoil.

Many insist that religion, like Islam, is being used as a reason to violate basic human rights in Iran.

“It’s a totalitarian regime… Islam is being used to deny freedom of speech, freedom of education, freedom of movement.”

Mariam Memarsadeghi
Cyrus Forum and Senior Fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute

There is a feeling of discontent among the Iranian people. The economy is struggling, and many young Iranians feel they have no future.

They are fed up with the corruption of the government and the lack of opportunity.

Mahsa Amini’s brutal death

On top of this is the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman.

Amini was arrested by the so-called morality police for “improperly” wearing her mandatory hijab.

Reports suggest she was beaten so severely that she went into a coma.

Mahsa Amini protests in Iran

Three days later, she died, and many suspect it was a direct result of this police brutality.

Amini’s death has fuelled further anger and extreme protest, with widespread condemnation from Iranians, denouncing her death and the regime that caused it.

“There were 10-11 blows to her head… She was beaten while still in the van…When her body was delivered to the family they saw bruises to her neck and head.”

Mariam Memarsadeghi
Cyrus Forum and Senior Fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute

The incident has brought attention to the plight of many Iranians who feel they are living under an oppressive regime.

While it is difficult to predict what will happen next in Iran, many hope the death of Amani will not be in vain.

Many pray the protests will lead to real action and a country where women are treated as equals. They want a country where there is opportunity for all.

Women in Iran and around the world are now lifting the veil on Iran’s corruption and human rights violations.

In 2022, many are angry that men are controlling what women do with their bodies and what they wear.

However, the Founder and Director of Cyrus Forum and Senior Fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute Mariam Memarsadeghi explained its women who are enforcing the strict rules too.

“It’s actually women also who are policing other women to wear hijab… It’s a very Handmaids Tale situation.”

Mariam Memarsadeghi
Cyrus Forum and Senior Fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute

Will this drive change?

In Iran, many young Iranians are showing the world they don’t want this system any more, that they want democracy.

They’re cutting their hair and burning their hijabs, they’re putting their own safety on the line to take a stand against the regime that has silenced them for so long.

This generation is very different, but it doesn’t guarantee that this uprising will fuel any real change.

However, Memarsadeghi said “there is no way back from here.”

“It’s very dangerous, there is a tremendous amount of respect for the men and women on the streets because each and every single one of them risks being beaten, killed, tortured, maybe even executed.”

Mariam Memarsadeghi
Cyrus Forum and Senior Fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute

How can organisations and world leaders help?

Iran is in the midst of a political upheaval and the world is watching.

Scenes of protest and violence are being shared far and wide on social media. The world has a front-row seat to the unfolding crisis.

However, the Iranian Government has responded by imposing a sweeping internet ban, cutting off the protesters from the outside world.

This only adds to the urgency of the situation, as Iran’s people are now risking their lives to speak out against their oppression.

World leaders and democracy advocacy groups are already discussing ways to help the people of Iran and hold their violations to account.

“The solidarity and attention from celebrities, athletes and world leaders has been extremely helpful… The future of freedom is what these men and women in Iran are doing.”

Mariam Memarsadeghi
Cyrus Forum and Senior Fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute

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