Afghanistan’s Islamic State branch engages in global conflict

The Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) is an offshoot of the Islamic State group that is even more radical than the Taliban. ISKP criticizes the Taliban for what they see as appeasement to the West, including meeting with non-Islamic diplomats and accepting aid from unbelievers. The group has a long list of enemies, including America and China.

Despite its focus on Afghanistan, ISKP’s global ambitions were highlighted by an attack in Moscow that killed 139 people. American officials blamed ISKP for the attack, and Russia later arrested suspects from Tajikistan. The group also carried out attacks in Turkey and Iran, expanding its reach beyond Afghanistan.

Estimates of ISKP’s strength range from fewer than 2,000 to 5,000 members. The current leader, Shahab al-Muhajir, is of Arab descent and rarely heard from. Despite setbacks in Afghanistan, ISKP’s ability to connect with disaffected individuals makes them a significant threat.

By Riley Johnson

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