Sunday, September 13, 2015

Islamic State

"One important effect of the Taliban's confirmation of Mullah Omar's death is that it may allow the Islamic State militant group to expand in Afghanistan, an area which the latter organization refers to as part of Wilayat Khurasan, which covers Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Central Asian republics. This expansion is in line with the group's strategic vision of global expansion."
Read more in "Islamic State in Afghanistan Ready to Capitalize on Mullah Omar's Death", Terrorism Monitor, Volume 13, Issue 18, September 3, 2015. Jamestown Foundation.

IS hungry for Afghan Territory. "Homegrown militants loyal to the Islamic State group are making inroads into Afghanistan, controlling territory in some parts of the country and ruling with the harsh hand the group is notorious for in Iraq and Syria, according to officials, military leaders and analysts". Learn more in "IS loyalists seen eyeing a presence in Afghanistan, hungry for territory and assets", Fox News, September 8, 2015.

IS Infighting? "Incidents of violent infighting between Islamic State (IS) extremists in Syria and Iraq are on the rise with rifts developing between elements within the terrorist group and arguments erupting over the distribution of spoils, sex slaves and cash . . ." Read more in "Infighting Among IS Extremists on the Rise", Voice of America, September 11, 2015.

Is ISIL Winning? "At the tenth anniversary of 9/11, it seemed like we had terrorism on the run; Osama in Laden was dead, the Taliban was defeated and officials like director Leon Panetta had proclaimed al Qaeda all but finished. But as we mark on Friday the 14th anniversary of the devastating attacks on the United States, it's time to admit that the terrorists - at least one specific branch of terrorists - are now winning. And it's time to admit that our reponse to the so-called Islamic State has been an abject failure". Read more by Bruce Hoffman in "ISIL is Winning", Politico Magazine, September 10, 2015.

ISIS Kills Mullah in Nangarhar. "The loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group executed a Mullah Imam in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan". The incident took place in the Achin district. (Khaama Press, Sep 11, 2015).

How does the Islamic State Recruit? Watch a video and learn. Provided by The New York Times, August 21, 2015.

Islamic State Prisons in Afghanistan? According to one news report the Islamic State is running private prisons in three areas of Achin district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. Most of the prisoners are members of the Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police, and the Afghan Local Police. Read more in "Islamic State Running Prisons Inside Afghanistan", Voice of America, September 9, 2015.

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