Bloodiest days ahead for war weary Afghans - Khaleej Times:
It remains unclear whether the self-styled Daesh attackers have the official sanction of Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of the Daesh.
“There are two type of Daesh,” deputy Afghan intelligence chief Hesamuddin Hesam said.
“One that operates in Syria and one that is in Afghanistan. In Afghanistan they are the same old Taleban who have swapped their white flag with black, and have become more swift and deadly.”
The Taleban, which distanced itself from Saturday’s attack, have seen defections in recent months — with some insurgents apparently adopting the Daesh flag to rebrand themselves as a more lethal force as Nato troops depart.