Afghanistan’s Islamic State branch engages in global conflict

The ISKP Threat: A Global Look at the Radical Terrorist Group Operating in Afghanistan

ISKP, an offshoot of the Islamic State group, is a radical terrorist organization that operates in Afghanistan. The group primarily targets Afghans, but has also carried out attacks in Turkey and Iran. Despite its global ambitions, ISKP’s focus is on Russia due to its embassy in Kabul and ties to the Taliban. ISKP has a long list of enemies, including America and China.

The Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) is even more radical than the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. ISKP criticizes the Taliban for what they see as appeasement to the West, including meeting with non-Islamic diplomats and accepting aid from unbelievers. Although no government officially recognizes the Taliban regime, many countries have worked with them to promote stability in Afghanistan. However, this cooperation has been controversial among some Islamic groups who view it as a threat to their values.

ISKP’s attacks are not limited to Afghanistan; they have also targeted individuals outside of the country. An attack in Moscow killed 139 people and American officials blamed ISKP for it. Russia later arrested suspects from Tajikistan, further highlighting ISKP’s global reach. While estimates of its strength range from fewer than 2,000 to 5,000 members, its ability to connect with disaffected individuals makes it a significant threat to national security worldwide.

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