ISIS expands attacks on Central Asian states, targets Tajikistan with rockets

By Salaam Times

Tajik security forces seen during a December 2021 event. [Tajik Press Service/Flickr]

Tajik security forces seen during a December 2021 event. [Tajik Press Service/Flickr]

"Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) militants claimed it fired multiple rockets at border guard positions in Tajikistan on Saturday (May 7), expanding the group's attacks following a similar incident against Uzbekistan weeks ago.

ISIS said in a post on Telegram it fired 7 missiles at a Tajik military base across the border from Khwaja Ghar, Takhar province.

Regional media outlets were divided on confirmation from Tajik authorities, with some reporting that border guards saw the militants firing, while others said there had been no such confirmation.

On April 18, ISIS launched a rocket attack on Uzbekistan from Afghan soil, the first such bombardment of a Central Asian nation by the group.

A member of ISIS poses next to shells in a picture posted as part of ISIS's claim of an April 18 attack on Uzbekistan. [File]

A member of ISIS poses next to shells in a picture posted as part of ISIS's claim of an April 18 attack on Uzbekistan. [File]

On April 17, ISIS called on all fighters around the world to carry out "big and painful" attacks targeting officials and soldiers.

Recent ISIS attacks

Recent attacks by ISIS's Khorasan branch (ISIS-K) amid the prevailing political and economic uncertainty in Afghanistan have raised concerns that the group is expanding its recruitment campaign in the country and poses a serious threat to the region.

ISIS has been responsible for a slew of recent attacks in Afghanistan.

The terror group on May 1 claimed responsibility for the bombing of a passenger bus in Kabul that killed one woman and injured three other passengers, according to police.

The bombing was the second in the capital in as many days after 10 people were killed when a bomb ripped through the Khalifa Sahib Mosque in western Kabul during Friday prayers.

The mosque blast came a day after two bombs on separate minibuses killed at least nine Afghans in Mazar-e-Sharif, targeting Shia passengers heading home for iftar.

A bomb at a Shia mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif a week earlier killed at least 12 worshippers and wounded scores more.

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But the Taliban have good news about this incident and say that they have killed the perpetrators of this incident. It is good that there are at least defenders for the territory of Afghanistan who will not let it be used against anyone else. According to the Voice of America Pashto service report, Taliban officials announced the discovery and destruction of a center of Kharijites (ISIS-K) in the Qanchagha neighborhood, ​​Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province. Many ISIS members were killed in this operation. According to the report, Taliban government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said yesterday, Sunday, July 17, that the latest rocket attacks on Tajikistan and Uzbekistan were organized from this center. He added that three perpetrators of the latest rocket launches on Tajikistan and Uzbekistan were killed, and five others were captured alive in the operations of the Taliban's special forces on the said center. Although the Taliban have not directly mentioned the name of ISIS, they have always referred to this group as "Kharijites." According to the report, Mr. Mujahid has also released a video of the confession of a person arrested in last night's operation. Voice of America has also stated that the General Intelligence Directorate of the Taliban government said that these people plan to carry out more rocket attacks on Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in the coming days. According to the information of this department, in this operation, the Taliban also captured several BM1 shells


Surprisingly, there was a time when you were writing reports against the Taliban. Every day you wrote against the Taliban. However, now you have stopped writing about the Taliban and write about ISIS. This time, it looks like the Taliban are US-programmed robots and the United States is gradually raising ISIS's status as the main villain in killing Afghans. One way or another, the battlefield is heated up in Afghanistan. It seems that you have compromised with the Taliban. But alas for ordinary Afghans whom ISIS fighters will kill. We did not give America a place in our country for the last 20 years for its benefit and to kill Afghans under different names forever.