The United States on May 14 blamed IS-K terrorists for two deadly attacks this week, urging the Afghan government to not let them derail a fragile peace process with the Taliban.
The U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, said on Twitter that the United States assessed that the Islamic State’s Afghan affiliate carried out the “horrific attacks” on a maternity hospital in Kabul and a funeral ceremony in Nangarhar Province.
“ISIS (Islamic State) has demonstrated a pattern for favoring these types of heinous attacks against civilians and is a threat to the Afghan people and to the world,” he said.
Khalilzad said the Islamic State opposes peace between the Afghan government and the Taliban and “seeks to encourage sectarian war as in Iraq and Syria.”
“Rather than falling into the ISIS trap and delay peace or create obstacles, Afghans must come together to crush this menace and pursue a historic peace opportunity,” Khalilzad said.
President Ashraf Ghani has switched the military to offensive against the Taliban and other militant groups following the two attacks on May 12 that killed at least 56 people. He accused all militant groups of ignoring repeated calls to reduce violence.