Afghan Air Force mysteriously drops
weapons supply to ISIS-Khorasan 2 days
ahead of blasts in Pakistan: Russia
Afghan air force has mysteriously dropped supplies at an area recently taken by ISIS in the north of Afghanistan, Russian media has reported.
The mysterious supply that was surely aimed at bolstering the militant group sporadically targeting Pakistan was confirmed by the locals in Afghanistan to Voice of America Dari Afghan (VOA Dari).
Moreover, the popular perception regarding the role of Afghanistan in carrying out subversive activities across Pakistan becomes closer to reality as the suicide bomber that ripped himself in Quetta was identified as Abu Usman Khurasani – an Afghan national.
It is not just Pakistan raising questions about why the militant outfit ISIS-K was being aided by Afghanistan but Russian foreign ministry was also baffled at the airdrops and it took notice of the activity.
A statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova confirmed that Afghan, U.S. and NATO officials were inquired to provide a “rational explanation” about reports of unidentified helicopters providing support to ISIS-K militants in Afghanistan.
“We’ve taken note of new reports about unmarked helicopters ferrying the fighters of ISIS Afghan branch, as well as weapons and munitions for them, in eastern Afghanistan,” said Maria Zakharova during a press briefing on Wednesday.
“Some reports say that shortly before this, unmarked helicopters delivered over 50 armed extremists to reinforce the fighters who were preparing an offensive on Tora Bora, as well as a container full of weapons and munitions,” she added blowing the lid off ostensible Afghan efforts to wipe out terrorism.
It must be mentioned that most of the leadership of Tehreek-e-Taliban was enrolling itself in ISIS-K to strengthen it against their former outfit and to destabilise Pakistan, currently revamping its economy through the multi-billion dollars China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, that is hurting Pakistan’s arch-rival, India.
A recent spate of suicide bombings in Pakistan and role of Afghan-supported ISIS-K becomes more suspicious as commander of US and international forces in Afghanistan Gen John Nicholson Jr divulged in February that the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan served as the core fighting group for the militant Islamic State (IS) group as TTP militants in Orakzai tribal agency joined the relatively new terrorist group.
The general, who leads over 13,000 international troops, 8,400 of them American, briefed American lawmakers on the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and told that the IS, which in Afghanistan was called the Islam State Khorasan Province, comprised fighters mainly from existing militant groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Primarily, their membership had come from the TTP, which was a Pakistan-based opponent of the Pakistani state, he said.