ISKP has released a propaganda video announcing its "return in Khurasan" with a new strategy of attacks. The 27 min video bashes the Taliban on its peace negotiations with the US, criticizes Pakistan, and shows footage of its attacks in Nangarhar, Kabul, and Peshawar. 1/n
The video starts with an extract from the slain TB military chief Mullah Dadullah's interview with AQ As-Sahab media conducted in 2006 strictly rejecting any Taliban option for peace negotiations with the US, saying if anyone does so, he will be targeted similar to the US. 2/n
The videos claim that the Taliban have compromised their fundamentals, and they have left their path. To show these claims valid, the video includes statements extracts of Zalmai Khalilzad and Taliban political leadership, Suhail Shaheen and Abbas Stanikzai. 3/n
Like Khalilzad saying that “Taliban are different from before because they hosted AQ earlier and now they promise no support for the group.” The Taliban leadership clips are presented in such a way to show that the Taliban are open to democracy, freedom for women, etc. 4/n
The video shows that the ISKP revival followed after Dr. Shahab was appointed its emir. It claims that the group is now focused on sophisticated attacks including hit-&-run target killings in Kabul and Nangarhar, causing heavy losses to the enemies and spreading huge terror. 5/n
The video also shows footage of the new ISKP emir, Dr. Shahab al-Muhajir, although the footage is shaded with darkness with no visibility of face, etc. It makes it difficult to identify anything/claim anything about the ISKP emir. 6/n

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