Still from new Islamic State in “Khorasan Province” video
(First published on Radical Sister blog March 20th 2015)
Earlier this week the Islamic State in Khorasan Province sent a video to selected journalists confirming the death by drone of Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim, (Abu Talha al Khorasani) deputy in command allegedly representing IS in Afghanistan, Pakistan region.
Islamic State have been working to gain a foothold in AfPak and gained some support from ex- Taliban commanders. Earlier this year, a former Tehreek-e-Taliban TTP spokesperson, previously known as “Shahidullah Shahid” appeared in a 16 minute video from Khorasan Media released January 2015 which shows a group of fighters pledging bayah (spiritual allegiance) to Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Qureshi al Hussaini, Islamic State (IS) see,
“Are IS gaining a foothold in AfPak, new video release shows some allegiance in the region.”
Shahidullah and ther former Taliban give bayah to al Baghdadi (leader of Islamic State)
Shahidullah parted ways with Pakistan Taliban last year during a period of internal disputes and divisions within the Taliban. Since then Taliban have sorted out some of their difference and announced a Coalition consisting of 3 Jihadi groups, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat ul Ahrar, Tehreek-e-Lashkar-e-Islam and Tehreek-e-Taliban under the name Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. The decision was taken by the leaders of all the three jihadi groups, Maulana Fazlullah Khorasani, Omar Khalid Khorasani and Haji Mangal Bagh in a joint consultative meeting.
This latest Islamic State video entitled, “Sheikh Khadim is Gone and Revenge is Coming,”features a presentation from former TTP commander Hafez Saeed Khan. During his speech, he threatens revenge for Khadim’s death giving a clear message to disbelievers that they will be taught “a lesson that they will not forget.”
Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim killed in drone strike
Former Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim was reported killed in a US drone strike in northern Helmand, Afghanistan when the car he was travelling in was targeted and 6 persons killed. Rauf was a former Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee in charge of a Taliban unit before the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001. He spent 6 years in Guantanamo. Rauf recently parted company with the Afghan Taliban taking up with Islamic State to become deputy leader of IS in the region. Hafez Saeed Khan of Orakzai, former Emir of TTP in Oraksai became the new head of the Wilayat Khorasan (Afghanistan/Pakistan Province) of IS.
Al Arabiya has since reported that Khadim’s successor, Hafiz Wahidi was said to have been “killed in an airstrike along with nine others in the Sangin district of Helmand province late on Sunday, according to a defense ministry statement.”
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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.