DERA ISMAIL KHAN - A militant splinter group that broke from the Pakistani Taliban last year and declared allegiance to Islamic State announced on Thursday it was rejoining the Taliban insurgency, a move that could be prompted by fears of isolation amid possible Afghan peace talks.
Jamaat-ul-Ahrar split from the Pakistani Taliban last summer amid leadership rivalries. The splinter group launched a series of devastating suicide attacks and later announced its allegiance to the Islamic State group, a move that Saifullah Mahsud of the FATA Research Center. said signaled frustration over waning support from an embattled al-Qaida and hope that Islamic State might send men or money.
So far, there have been few signs that Islamic State has provided significant support to Pakistani or Afghan groups.