ISIS exploiting Taliban split after leader’s death by recruiting their rival’s ex-jihadis

ISIS militants are thought to be benefiting from a steady influx of young, disaffected ex-Taliban recruits joining their ranks.

The rag-tag militia group has become an increasingly splintered organisation in recent months amid a leadership crisis after rumours circulated that its leader Mullah Omar, who led the group for 20 years, had died.

The reclusive figure’s death was only confirmed last week by the Afghan government and subsequently by the Taliban who said the one-eyed cleric had succumbed to an illness.