Osama Bin Laden’s Son Visited Afghanistan In Oct, Held Meetings With Taliban: UN Report

As per a new UN assessment, foreign terror groups such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and the al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) have greater leeway in Afghanistan than they have in latest times, and Osama bin Laden's son travelled the nation in October for talks with the Taliban.

The recent United Nations Security council study on the actions of the al-Qaeda, Islamic State, and their associates, released this week, stated that the Taliban has done nothing to restrict the actions of international terrorists, a claim that would fuel doubts concerning the Kabul set up in capital cities all around the globe.

As part of attempts to execute sanctions placed on al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, the UN's technical assistance and sanctions surveillance team produce such reports twice a year. According to the article, after applauding the Taliban on their win on the 31st of August, the previous year, al-Qaeda kept a deliberate silence so as not to jeopardise the Taliban's attempts to obtain legitimacy and global recognition.

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The security picture in Afghanistan altered radically on the 15th of August, according to the study when the Taliban assumed control of the nation. There are no recent indications that the Taliban has made attempts to restrict the activity of foreign terrorist combatants in Afghanistan.

Terrorist organizations, on the other hand, have more freedom in Afghanistan than at any time in recent history, according to the UN, which also stated that no substantial fresh flows of foreign terrorist combatants to Afghanistan have been recorded by UN member states.

Al-Qaeda is still recovering from a succession of leadership losses, and it is estimated that it lacks the potential to carry out high-profile strikes outside, which is still its long-term aim, according to the research.

According to the article, Bin Laden's son, Abdallah, who is not named in the paper, travelled to Afghanistan in October for discussions with the Taliban. Even though present al-Qaeda commander Aiman al-Zawahiri was confirmed alive as late as January 2021, Member States think he is in terrible health.

In later August, Amin Muhammad ul-Haq Saam Khan, who organised protection for murdered al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, moved back to Afghanistan.

AQIS, commanded by deputy Atif Yahya Ghouri and Osama Mehmood, still has a foothold in Afghanistan, particularly in the states of Zabul, Paktika, Ghazni, Helmand, Kandahar, and Nimruz where it fought with the Taliban against Ashraf Ghani's overthrown administration.

According to the study, AQIS has between 200 and 400 militants, mostly from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, India, and Myanmar.

In a disturbing development, United Nations member states have estimated that the Islamic State-Khorasan Region's strength has increased from 2,200 to roughly 4,000 fighters, owing largely to the liberation of thousands of detainees during the Taliban's ascent to power. According to one United Nations member state, close to half of ISKP is made up of foreign terrorist militants.

According to the study, although controlling limited territory in eastern Afghanistan, the organisation is capable of carrying out high-profile and intricate strikes, such as the explosion at Kabul airport on the 27th of August that killed more than 180 persons and numerous following attacks.

The Taliban see ISKP as their biggest kinetic danger since the organisation seeks to establish itself as Afghanistan's leading rejectionist movement, with a broader ambition that threatens South Asian Countries and Central Countries.