World Bulletin / News Desk
The Afghan Taliban have sent a letter to ISIL's leader urging the group to stop recruiting in Afghanistan, saying there is room for only "one flag, one leadership" in their fight to re-establish strict Islamic rule.
The missive comes amid heavy fighting this week in eastern Afghanistan between the Taliban and breakaway factions who now swear allegiance to ISIL, which in the past year seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria.
The letter addressed to ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said the Taliban "based on religious brotherhood asks for your goodwill and doesn't want to see interference in its affairs".
Provincial spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said that 1,000 families had fled villages to escape the fighting after two local Taliban commanders, called Bakhtyar and Abdul Khaliq, changed sides to join ISIL and launched attacks against their former leaders in Achin and Spin Ghar districts.
The letter to al-Baghdadi, signed by Taliban political committee chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, shows the the group members also are worried.
"Jihad against American invaders and their slaves in Afghanistan must be under one flag, one leadership and one command," it said.
The letter also appeared intended to dissuade other Taliban members considering switching sides. Besides Arabic, it was written in Dari, Pashto and Urdu languages that are spoken in Afghanistan and Pakistan and was distributed by an official Taliban spokesman.
Worries about the rise of ISIL also may be contributing to the Taliban's new receptiveness to a parallel effort to start peace talks with the Afghan government.
Taliban representatives and an Afghan delegation were both attending a peace conference in Oslo on Tuesday, raising the possibility of face-to-face meetings.Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Haziran 2015, 14:51