This week, reports had emerged that the Taliban leader was killed in a dramatic internal shoot-out after a meeting of commanders of the now divided movement turned bitter.
A sour internal turmoil has divided the formerly united group. A splinter cell has broken away and declared loyalty to ISIS, which is steadily carving a trail of bloody destruction through the Taliban’s Afghanistan territory.
There are rumours that members of the ISIS-led breakaway cell could be responsible for the (yet unconfirmed) death of the Taliban’s elected leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour.
His death, if proven, exposes the strife among the Taliban’s top ranks. The group seems to be crumbling under ISIS’ growing strength in Afghanistan.
ISIS has good reason to kill the head of the Taliban group, as it will weaken the group and its hold within Afghanistan territory.
Its fighters have defeated the local Taliban and have begun recruiting new members from 25 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.
From inside the ISIS training camps, hidden deep in the forests of the mountainous region, a series of shocking photographs have emerged.
Men with AK-47s sit in regimented rows in front of ISIS flags. Initially, officials dismissed ISIS threat to the country, but now they are forced to sit up and take notice as its growth and wealth is expanding at an alarming rate.