Afghan Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid Posts Video Of Arrested Man Allegedly Involved In Launching Rockets From Afghanistan Into Uzbekistan And Tajikistan

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July 22, 2022

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The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban jihadi organization that has controlled Afghanistan since August 2021) claimed to have arrested five people who reportedly fired rockets across the border into Uzbekistan and Tajikistan from Afghanistan.[1]

Afghan Taliban spokesman and deputy minister for information and culture Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted that the Taliban's Special Forces unearthed and dismantled a den of "Kharijites"[2] in the Kunjgha area of Imam Sahib district, Kunduz province, on the night of July 15-16, 2022.

"During the operation, three Kharijites were killed and five more detained alive. The security forces seized vehicles and resources. The said people had carried out rocket attacks on Uzbekistan and Tajikistan," Zabihullah Mujahid said.

The Taliban spokesman also posted video confessional statement of one of the five detained men. The man, identified as Haseebullah, a resident of Kabul province, confesses that he fired rockets into Tajikistan from Khwaja Ghar district of northeastern Takhar province of Afghanistan.

"The rocket attacks targeting Uzbekistan and Tajikistan were the outcome of joint links between NRF [National Resistance Front] and ISIS-K [Islamic State's Khurasan Province]. The NRF provided us rocket from Panjshir and Andrab [valley in Baghlan province] to attack Tajikistan and Uzbekistan," the blindfolded Haseebullah says in the confessional video statement.

The Uzbekistan Foreign Ministry reported on July 5 that five rockets were fired from Afghanistan at the Uzbek city of Termez in the Surxandaryo region on the Amu River, causing no casualties. The statement said that four houses were slightly damaged in the rocket attacks.

 

[1] Twitter.com/Zabehulah_M33/status/1548396913040375815, July 17, 2022; Twitter.com/Bakhtarna_ar/status/1548506366888669186, July 17, 2022.

[2] The Kharijites (literally, "those who come out"), were an early Islamic sect that advocated excommunicating Muslims for even minor sins and was proclaimed heretical by the mainstream Sunna. Today, the term is used to brand Muslim groups as extremist and is often applied to ISIS and to other Salafi-jihadi groups by their critics in the Muslim world.

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