Sat. Jun 22nd, 2024
The Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan is engaged in a global conflict

The Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), an extremist group that has been operating in Afghanistan for nine years, has recently shown its global ambitions by carrying out attacks beyond the country’s borders. On March 22nd, gunmen attacked a concert in Moscow, killing 139 people. ISKP has been blamed by American officials for the attack, and suspects from Tajikistan were later arrested by Russia. The group has been targeting countries like Turkey and Iran, and has enemies like America and China.

The Taliban regime in Afghanistan is not formally recognized by any government due to its oppressive restrictions on female education. However, even this regime is not considered radical enough by ISKP propagandists, who criticize the Taliban for their interactions with non-Islamic diplomats and allowing aid from unbelievers. Despite its presence in Kabul and relationship with the Taliban, Russia is also a target of ISKP due to its support for Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, where the parent organization of ISKP was dismantled.

Estimates of ISKP’s strength vary, but it is believed to have around 2,000 to 5,000 members. Its ability to connect with disaffected individuals is considered its strength, with its current leader being Shahab al-Muhajir, a 29-year-old of Arab descent. Despite limited information about its leader, ISKP is now under global scrutiny as it continues to pose a threat to both regional and international security.

By Aiden Nguyen

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