Less than 24 hours after ISIS carried out its first attack against Turkey’s capital Istanbul, they did something that should ring alarm bells in the headquarters of the coalitions fighting the Jihadist group.
Three terrorists from the Islamic State’s Wilayat Khorasan entered the compound of the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad and started a well-planned operation that lasted for hours and killed scores of Pakistani and Afghani employees of the consulate.
One ISIS terrorist detonated his suicide belt at the consulate entrance killing the security guards, while the other two entered the building and started to kill members of the consulate staff.
During the attack, a second suicide bomber blew himself up while the third terrorist apparently managed to escape after the killing spree.
Wilayat Khorosan issued a multi-language statement describing the attack. The English version of this statement said that “the operation lasted for approximately four hours during which the building was destroyed, and dozens of consulate staff were killed including a number of apostate Pakistani intelligence officers.”
According to Afghan officials, all three ISIS terrorists were killed during the attack and only seven members of the security forces of the consulate were killed. “A suicide bomber had tried to join a queue of people seeking visas to Pakistan and blew himself up after being prevented from entering the building,” Reuters reported.
Wilayat Khorasan is operating from Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar, the province that borders on Pakistan. The self-proclaimed Caliphate is fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan because it claims that the Taliban maintains a close relationship to the Pakistani government. ISIS sees the Taliban as a proxy of Pakistan and accuses Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour the emir Taliban of being an “apostate” who’s orders should not be followed.
“The Taliban and the Islamic State’s Wilayat Khorasan have clashed on multiple occasions. Late last year, for instance, Mansour’s men reportedly beheaded several of the “caliphate’s” men. “Voice of the Caliphate” denied this, however, saying the Islamic State’s followers are not so weak that they could be executed in such a manner,” the Long War Journal reported today.
Wilayat Khorasan also claimed the Taliban are collaborating with the hated intelligence service of Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence [ISI]. The claim could be partly true since ISI has a reputation of backing the Taliban in Afghanistan.
By attacking the Taliban and Pakistani governmental institutes, ISIS seems to be paving the way for a larger operation against Pakistan, a country that has always been a fertile breeding ground for Islamism.
At the end of December 2015, Western Journalism already reported the Islamic State was setting up camp next to the Pakistani border with the aim to destabilize Pakistan to the point that the regime in Islamabad will collapse.
The reason for the ISIS activities in the region could be the fact that Pakistan possesses nuclear weapons. Experts have warned that the Islamic State will “inevitably construct or acquire weapons of mass destruction.”
ISIS is already in the possession of the chemical agents Sarin and mustard gas. The Caliphate also develops sophisticated weapons in its capital Raqqa, and no doubt would want to get its hands on a nuclear weapon.