Baku. 13 January. REPORT.AZ/ ISIS, the militant group that claims to have established a “caliphate” across Iraq and Syria, has now reportedly extended its territories into Afghanistan for the first time, Report informs citing "The Independent".
According to the Afghan military, the organisation that calls itself “Islamic State” is actively recruiting and operating across the south of the country.
Officials say a man identified as Mullah Abdul Rauf has been claiming to represent ISIS in the region, setting up a network of followers who are inviting people to join them across the southern Helmand province.
But they have clashed with the local Taliban, military sources claim, whose leaders have warned people to have nothing to do with Rauf.
General Mahmood Khan, the deputy commander of the army’s 215 Corps, told the Associated Press: “A number of tribal leaders, jihadi commanders and some ulema (religious council members) and other people have contacted me to tell me that Mullah Rauf had contacted them and invited them to join him.”