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Afghan Shiites seek help from Taliban against Daesh

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AFGHANISTAN: Afghan Shiites seeking protection from Afghan Taliban against Daesh (ISIS). Just before a day, Afghan Shiites of Hazara ethnic and Taliban insurgents met in eastern province of Ghazni where Afghan Shiites asked them to help against Daish.

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Abdul Khaliq, one of the elders and powerful leaders of the Taliban, agreed to help by saying that it is the requirement of changing time.

Hazara Shiite community is now facing the fear of ISIS. The fear of ISIS, especially among religious minorities like Hazaras is growing in Afghanistan, who worry the influence of the fiercely anti-Shiite ISIS could introduce a new dimension of sectarian strife to the war.

Unlike in Iraq and Syria, ISIS controls no Afghan territory. However, on February 02, 2015, ex-CIA officer Robert Grenier had stated that Afghanistan is at the point of again turning a favourable abri for the religious extremists and jihadist rebel group like ISIS. This could be happened as the Western military alliance NATO withdraws troops and move to elsewhere.

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Since 1990, Hazara Shiite community is facing the problem of bomb attacks and continuous kidnapping by anti Shiite terrorists. On March 24, 2015, thirty Shiite Hazara Muslims kidnapped in Kandahar, Southern Afghanistan allegedly by Afghan Taliban. Later on, Taliban said they were not behind the kidnapping of 30 Shiite Hazaras in Kandahar, Southern Afghanistan.

Hazara is a minority Turku-Mongol community living in central Afghanistan and, have been frequently targeted by the Taliban and other Anti Shiite extremist groups. Hazara ethnic group is almost 10% of the Afghanistan’s population.

Unlike in Iraq and Syria, ISIS controls no Afghan territory. However, on February 02, 2015, ex-CIA officer Robert Grenier had stated that Afghanistan is at the point of again turning a favourable abri for the religious extremists and jihadist rebel group like ISIS. This could be happened as the Western military alliance NATO withdraws troops and move to elsewhere.

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