The Afghan Taliban released an Eid al-Adha message attributed to its leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, commanding fighters to focus on Shariah governance and administration in areas they control, and to call to the people in enemy ranks to leave service.
Al-Qaeda questioned Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi about former Ba'ath intelligence officers in his ranks, asking about their role and actions, while the IS accuses the Taliban of working with Pakistani intelligence.
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri mourned the killing of former Afghan Taliban head Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour and pledged allegiance to the group's new chief, Haibatullah Akhundzada.
The Afghan Taliban forwarded a letter from Islamic State (IS) officials in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, which pledged allegiance to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour.
The Afghan Taliban denied rumors that its leader, Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, was wounded and possibly killed in an attack in the Pakistani city of Quetta, and separately, cautioned Russia about reengaging in Afghanistan to stop the mounting Islamic State (IS) threat.