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ISIS could be a problem for Taliban in coming days — analyst

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An academic and analyst at the University College London believes there is “certainly a possibility” for ISIS (ISIL) to be a threat to the Taliban in the upcoming days.

“ISIL has been active in Afghanistan for over five years now, they are considered a rival of the Taliban, that you have essentially been at war with initial battles in 2015 and again in 2017,” Julie Norman told Al Jazeera.

She said ISIL can be expected to take advantage of what is a “security vacuum” in Afghanistan.

“They will be trying to take advantage of the Taliban needing to move on to governance of trying to consolidate power in different ways, and they’ll be looking to fill that vacuum with personnel on the ground, as well as trying to bring in fighters and also resources from Syria and Iraq.”

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