Series 2 / Episode 3 - Taliban, Turbans and the Smartphone
Emirate Versus Khilafat – The ISKP Critique of the Taliban
For researchers of the Taliban, the ISKP campaign is significant not just because of the horrendous violence, but because it deploys Islamist rhetoric and reasoning against the Taliban. Perhaps much of the Taliban leadership worries more about what ISKP says about them than they would worry about any number of Security Council resolutions. Taliban have always invested heavily in maintaining the unity of the movement and the authority of their Amir. So, in ideological rather than military terms, the most obvious threat to the Taliban and their unity is if ISKP jihadist rhetoric finds resonance with disillusioned Taliban fighters. In this episode we take a look at what ISKP is saying about the Taliban.
Podcast produced by Colm Heatley.