People run for cover after an explosion in Jalalabad April 18, 2015. REUTERS/Parwiz
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Claims that ISIS carried out a deadly suicide bombing in Afghanistan raise questions about whether the culprits are the real deal or Taliban turncoats now waving the ISIS black flag.Afghan President Ashraf Ghani repeated the claim by the attackers in a speech Saturday, intensifying fears that the ISIS' brutal reign of terror was creeping into Afghanistan, already in the grip of a fierce Taliban insurgency.It remains unclear whether the self-styled ISIS attackers have the official sanction of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of ISIS.The Taliban, which distanced itself from Saturday's attack, have seen defections in recent months – with some insurgents apparently adopting the ISIS flag to rebrand themselves as a more lethal force as NATO troops depart.In February a U.S.-led NATO drone strike killed Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim, a former Taliban commander and a Guantanamo detainee who led around 300 men suspected of links to ISIS in the volatile southern province of Helmand.
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