According to a recent United Nations report, the son of dead terrorist Osama bin Laden travelled to Afghanistan and spoke with Taliban leaders in October 2021. According to the research, there is no evidence that the Taliban has made attempts to restrict the operations of international terrorists in Afghanistan. According to the analysis, terrorist groups have more liberty in Afghanistan today than at any previous point in recent history.
This week saw the release of the 29th report of the United Nations Security Council’s Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team. The UN produces these reports twice a year to improve the enforcement of sanctions against extremist organisations such as the Islamic State and al-Qaeda.
The UN study reviewed the situation in Afghanistan and neighbouring countries following the terrorist organisation Taliban’s takeover of the country in August 2021.
According to the research, there are evident linkages between al-Qaeda and the Taliban. For example, Amin Muhammad ul-Haq Saam Khan, who oversaw protection for Osama bin Laden, came to Afghanistan in late August.
However, al-Qaeda has kept a “strategic quiet” on the Taliban, most likely to avoid jeopardising the Taliban’s goal of garnering international legitimacy. As a result, al-Qaeda has spoken little since its initial statement applauding the Taliban on their “win.”
According to the UN assessment, al-Qaeda now lacks the potential to carry out “high-profile international assaults.”
Following the liberation of thousands of captives, the UN assessment estimates that the strength of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant Khorasan (ISIL-K) has increased from 2,200 to approximately 4,000.
According to the assessment, this organisation dominates a limited region in eastern Afghanistan and is competent in carrying out high-profile and intricate strikes.
The organisation seeks to establish itself as the primary rejectionist force in Afghanistan, with a broader regional goal that threatens neighbouring Central and South Asian nations, the report stated.