Some western media says that the Taliban declared war on ISIS, after the Afghan Taliban, fearing ISIS popularity, had branded ISIS’s self-declared caliphate as “illegitimate” and refused to declare allegiance to its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Fact is, it was ISIS that declared war on the Taliban and is expanding into Afghanistan and Pakistan in lightning speed.
If anything, the best asset for the West in defeating the Islamists can be summed up in one word: schisms. But the West is not ready to use this divide, as Obama has no plan to combat ISIS, which is spreading like cancer in Afghanistan and Pakistan. ISIS’s Islam, being Wahhabist, is loaded with schisms and takfiri ideologies. The division between ISIS and Taliban began as Jihadi Taliban fighters began to switch to ISIS by the droves from Pakistan and Afghanistan. The reason? Many in the rank-and-file of the Taliban have never heard from Mullah Omar, Taliban’s Caliph, not even once since U.S invasion of Pakistan in 2001.
Mullah Omar (Mullā Muḥammad ‘Umar Mujáhid) is the supreme commander and the spiritual leader of the Taliban. Taliban fighters thought he was dead and it was time to go under a different Caliph. Taliban even issued a release to show that the ‘Mullah is alive and well’ and to slow down the defections.
The struggle between Taliban and ISIS has become an issue of which candidate to choose from, the one-eyed, dormant Mullah or the somewhat handsome active Jihadi who is moving in lightning speed, Al-Baghdadi, and both sides are secretly campaigning for supreme Caliph with ISIS wanting Pakistan and Afghanistan in their dominion.
It is not far-fetched, if ISIS was able to carve nearly half of Iraq and Syria, two difficult states with sectarian divisions, the danger remains, ISIS in the near future can take over the Taliban and springboard into Afghanistan and Pakistan. And with ISIS’s brilliant military strategies, in ISIS’s view, Pakistan can fall with its nuclear weapons. Last year Shoebat.com wrote:
ISIS now has camped in Pakistan and all across Pakistan, the black standard of the Islamic State has been popping up all over from urban slums to Taliban strongholds, the ISIS logo and name have appeared in graffiti, posters and pamphlets and a cluster of militant commanders in Pakistan declared their allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the caliph of the Islamic State as ISIS presence there increases by the day.
And today we are seeing this further expansion by ISIS.
The mistake in the West is that it compares the ISIS phenomenon with its previous predecessor Al-Qaeda. By this the western news consumers are not paying as much attention to how fast the Islamic State is moving, and it’s not wasting time like al-Qaida did before.
The case is not that Taliban made ISIS illegitimate, in fact, it was ISIS that has been at it since last year, looking for anything to declare the Taliban as Kafir (unbelief) and Murtad (defector).
In a conversation that was recorded between ISIS Sharia experts from Hasaka, Muhammad Al-Tunisi, Deir Zur’s Abu Musab Al-Tunisi and the Wali of ISIS in Hasaka Abu Usama Al-Ariqi revealed the schism.
The ISIS leaders can be heard saying from February 2014: “The government of Taliban had embassies in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the UAE …” “this makes Taliban Kafir and under Riddah (defection from Islam) they are considered enemy …”
Such schism is an ace in the hole for the West, as far as combating ISIS, or an ace in the hole for ISIS, especially if we see the speed that the Taliban is losing fighters to ISIS. This especially that ISIS is launching recruitment drives deep into Taliban territory, allowing them to expand rapidly – even reportedly replacing the Taliban as the dominant controlling force in one district.
ISIS even anointed a former Taliban leader, known as Hafiz Saeed Khan (aka Mulla Saeed Orakzai), as their new overload in southern Asia and the sub-continent called ISIS Khorasan, an offshoot of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s militant group which now spans Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Bangladesh, as well as some parts of Central Asia. The installation of Saeed, a former Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), automatically makes him one of the most powerful warlords in the Middle East.
Pakistan’s military establishment is the most terrorist-friendly entity in the world and considers terrorist groups as strategic assets for proxy wars in India and Afghanistan. Currently the ongoing sectarian violence in Pakistan’s Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces offer greater opportunities for ISIS to operate in Pakistan.
The presence of ISIS is now 100% confirmed by the Pakistani government with allegiance of Taliban groups to it is truly a disturbing news and is likely to have serious consequences for a country that is already in turmoil due to incompetent governance, economic crises and political tension. However, this is not the sole reason behind ISIS desire to start operations in Pakistan.
There are multiple encouraging points that brought ISIS to the country that is already in turmoil. Large parts of Pakistan, Baluchistan and FATA are at the age of bifurcations. ISIS support to the freedom fighters of Baluchistan and jihadis of FATA will accelerate the freeing process of these provinces, which will eventually become basis for ISIS in the region.
To title ISIS as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is a myth and the name will soon get a facelift. ISIS is all across the Muslim world magnetizing a litany of major terrorist organizations to give the Bay’at (allegiance) and join under ISIS, such as Jund al-Khilafah (Soldiers of the Caliphate, In North Africa), Ansar al-Shariah (Libya), portions of the Taliban (Pakistan), The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (Pakistan’s North Waziristan), Al-Tawhid Battalion (Pakistan, Afghanistan), many from Al-Nusra (Lebanon) and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (Yemen), Ansar al-Tawhid in the Land of Hind (India), Anṣār Bayt al-Maqdis (Sinai) and Jund al-Khilafah (Egypt).
And if you think the situation in Iraq and Syria is bad think again, 98% of Pakistanis support Jihad and they have no problems with all the blood and gore that ISIS does.
There is little time left and the situation for Christians in Pakistan will be dire for Rescue Christians to move as fast as possible to rescue enslaved Christians. One can imagine when ISIS rules regions in north Pakistan, Christian persecution will be unlike anything we have ever seen.