ISIS-K claims credit for terror attack on Afghan mosque that killed 47 people

In justifying his decision to withdraw all American forces from Afghanistan earlier this year, President Joe Biden insisted that terrorists have been “decimated” in the country. However, recent events cast doubt on that claim.

According to the Washington Examiner, the Islamic State group affiliate in Afghanistan, ISIS-K, has claimed responsibility for a bombing in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province on Friday that claimed the lives of at least 47 people.

The group targeted worshipers at the Shiite Fatimiya mosque, where gunmen are said to have opened fire on guards before detonating explosives, with one bomb exploding within the building, and another exploding outside.

A statement released by ISIS’s Amaq news agency has identified the terrorists as Afghan citizens Anas al Khurasani, and Abu Ali al Baluchi.

ISIS-K responsible

Community elder Hajji Farhad was quoted as telling the Associated Press, “There are so many who have lost body parts, and among those in hospital in serious condition, I don’t know how many more numbers will be added to the death toll.”

This is far from the first terror attack for which ISIS-K has taken credit, as the Examiner noted a mosque attack last week in northern Afghanistan that left dozens dead, and injured.

In August, ISIS-K also targeted departing American forces with a suicide attack at Kabul’s airport in which 13 American troops were killed along with another 150 Afghan civilians.

The Biden administration responded with a drone strike that was said to target ISIS-K members, although Fox News later reported that it actually killed an Afghan family.

Biden’s lying?

Biden has attempted to downplay the terror threat posed in Afghanistan by asserting that the United States has defeated Al Qaeda there, in a claim that he again made after the last American troops left on Aug. 31.

“What interest do we have in Afghanistan at this point with Al Qaeda gone?” Biden asked at a press conference. “We went to Afghanistan for the express purpose of getting rid of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan as well as, as well as getting Osama bin Laden, and we did.”

Yet even a fact-checker with the left-leaning New York Times took issue with Biden’s contention that the terror group has been removed, rating the president’s claim as “false.”

The fact-checker wrote, “Al Qaeda’s presence in Afghanistan has certainly been reduced since the United States invaded, but Mr. Biden is wrong to say that the terrorist group is no longer in the country.”

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