The Iranian Foreign Ministry has shown Newsweek a caution against plots to tear Afghanistan apart as the Islamic State militant group ( ISIS) claimed yet another attack versus the nation’s Shiite Muslim neighborhood utilizing opponents from various ethnic groups.

ISIS’ Khorasan affiliate, known as ISIS-K, claimed duty on Friday for a suicide bombing that killed more than 50 worshippers at a Shiite Muslim mosque in the city of Kandahar. The enemies were recognized as Anas al-Khorasani and Abu Ali al-Balochi, likely monickers to link the two historic regions of Khorasan and Balochistan making up parts Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan.

The operation came a week after the jihadis targeted another gathering of Shiite Muslims, the majority of whom hail from Afghanistan’s Hazara community, in the city of Kunduz, eliminating approximately 100 people and hurting scores more. That attacker then was identified by ISIS-K as Mohammed al-Uyghuri, signaling a connection to Central Asia’s Uyghur minority.

A week previously, a Sunni Muslim mosque was attacked in the capital Kabul and, as Afghanistan’s now ruling Taliban attempts to check the turmoil, surrounding Iran, the world’s top Shiite Muslim power, has provided a message blaming takifiris, those who think about other kinds of Islam apostates and will not endure their really presence.

” Once again the enemies of Islam pulled the strings of the criminal Takfiri terrorists and spilled the blood of a number of the oppressed individuals of Afghanistan during Friday prayers,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry stated in a statement sent to Newsweek

The ministry said it “highly condemns the terrorist attack by the Takfiris at the Fatemieh Mosque in Kandahar which martyred and wounded a large number of worshippers.” The ministry likewise “deals condolences to the respectable families of the martyrs and the dear individuals of Afghanistan and it prays for patience and magnificent benefit for the bereaved households and quick healing for those injured in this inhumane criminal activity.”

And Tehran expressed a warning too, conjuring up the ummah, or the international family of Muslims.

” The Foreign Ministry likewise cautions of plots by the Islamic ummah’s enemies to cause divisions and worries the need for unity and solidarity amongst Shias and Sunnis and for rejection of violence and extremism in the name of Islam,” the ministry said.

Iranian authorities likewise called for fortifying the defenses of holy websites in the wake of the chaos, which they believe Afghans would eventually conquer.

” This heart-wrenching occurrence and the past tragic occasions consisting of the terrorist attack in Konduz highlight more than ever before the need for boosting security and improving security of Shia and Sunni worshiping locations and other gatherings in Afghanistan,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry added. “The Islamic Republic of Iran is positive that our Muslim bros and sisters in Afghanistan will foil the divisive plans of their opponents through uniformity, co-thinking and joint efforts.”

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The Iranian Foreign Ministry stated it “strongly condemns” a fear attack at a mosque in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Above, ISIS’ Amaq News Firm claims duty for a lethal attack on October 15,2021 .
Amaq News Firm

Lucas Webber, a researcher specializing in non-state actors and militant organizations who serves as editor for the Militant Wire outlet, said the attribution of the last 2 attacks by ISIS was likely no coincidence.

” It appears rather deliberate for the Islamic State to signify how militants of different ethnic backgrounds are carrying out these attacks,” Webber told Newsweek

Unlike the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, which were born out of the U.S.- and Pakistan-backed mujahideen resistance versus the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980 s, ISIS was formed from Al-Qaeda’s Iraq affiliate in the wake of the U.S. invasion that toppled the nation’s longtime leader, Saddam Hussein, in2003

The Taliban, made up mainly of Pashtuns, has actually promised to protect peoples of all backgrounds in Afghanistan, which is home to an array of other smaller sized ethnic populations including Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks.

Among the groups, Hazaras are the only ones who predominantly abide by the Shiite branch of Islam, which ISIS ultraconservatives compare to apostasy in their hardline brand of Sunni Islam. Lots of Hazaras have likewise implicated the Taliban of oppression and a great deal have actually gotten away over previous years to surrounding Iran.

In order to counter ISIS’ spread in Iraq and Syria, Iran has mobilized a variety of Shiite Muslim groups consisting of a mostly Hazara organization known as the Fatemiyoun Department, which remains active in Syria to this day.

The Fatemiyoun on Friday condemned the current wave of ISIS attacks in Afghanistan, calling it “a harsh terrorist attack that is the result of Salafi-Takfiri believing.”

Kamran Bokhari, Director of Analytical Advancement at the Washington-based Newlines Institute for Method, told Newsweek that, while ISIS’ recruiting of separatist groups are certain to irk a variety of regional powers, especially preying on China’s issues towards Uyghur militias, “the people who are going to be most provoked are the Iranians.”

He stated that ISIS is “taken part in an intentional information operation project to truly get under the skin of the Iranians.” And the idea, he argued, was “to trap the Taliban” in a scenario in which they either break a much more fundamentalist Sunni Muslim contingent, risking possible defections among their own ranks, or hazard the potential for international intervention after working so tough to build up clout abroad.

Iran has actually revealed regard for Afghanistan’s sovereignty, along with hope the Taliban itself can resolve the issue. The Fatemiyoun, for its part, has actually up until now turned down any concept of getting involved in the nation that’s belonging to many of its fighters.

But if the killing of Shiites continues, “where does that leave the Iranians?” Bokhari asked.

” They’re going to attempt to trigger the militias,” Bokhari said, referencing Iran’s strategy in Syria to “protect the shrines.” And “to protect Shiites here,” Bokhari added, citing a possible Iranian technique to Afghanistan, “due to the fact that no one is securing them.”

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Above, Afghan males inspect the damages inside a Shiite Muslim mosque in Kandahar on October 15, after a suicide bomb attack during Friday prayers that eliminated approximately 50 people and dozens more. ISIS claimed the attack as part of a lethal campaign that threatens to weaken the Taliban’s newly established government in Afghanistan.
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