Jihadis Celebrate Alleged Taliban Takeover Of Iranian Border Checkpoints

December 1, 2021

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On December 1, 2021, Iran's border forces and the Afghan Taliban clashed over a "border misunderstanding" near Afghanistan's Nimruz province.

Afghan media quoted the Taliban's deputy spokesman Bilal Karimi, who confirmed that the incident took place but declined to provide details.[1]

Meanwhile, Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that a dispute between border residents led to a shooting in the Sistan border area, adding that the situation was handled and ended in coordination with border control forces on both sides.[2]

Jihadis in Syria celebrated the incident, claiming that the Taliban took control of two Iranian checkpoints.

Mujtahid Homs, a jihadi Twitter account covering the Syrian conflict, commented: "The Taliban has no interest in waging a war of armies against Iran at this time[;] and if Iran wished to do so, then the guerrilla war the Taliban [waged] against America is the solution to deter the impure Majus."[3]

Al-Shimali Al-Hurr, a pro-Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Telegram channel, posted videos from Afghan media allegedly documenting Taliban fighters setting fire to two buildings belonging to Iran's border forces. He commented: "A military force affiliated with the Rafidite [i.e., Shi'ite] state, Iran tried to enter the territory of the state of Afghanistan, and the response was firm and quick from the men of the Islamic Emirate 'Taliban'[;] So they displaced the Rafidites, expelled them and set fire to two Iranian border headquarters, and the Rafidites withdrew and were humiliated."[4]

HTS religious official 'Abd Al-Rahman Al-Idrisi also shared a video of the incident, writing: "The Taliban takes over IRGC checkpoints after heavy clashes between them on the Afghan-Iranian border."


[1] Reuters.com, December 1, 2021.

[2] Farsnews.ir, December 1, 2021.

[3] Literally "Zoroastrians"; used as a derogatory term to describe Shi'ites, particularly Iranians.

[4] Telegram, AlshmaliAlhr, December 1, 2021.

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