Sunday, October 18, 2015

IS in Afghanistan

ISIS expands in Nangarhar Province. Recent reports indicate that the Islamic State has become entrenched in several districts in Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan. More than a few local Taliban groups have switched allegiance from the Taliban to the Islamic State. Money appears to be one of the motivating factors as the Islamic State seems to be offering better pay for its fighters. The re-flagged fighters are also more cruel in their methods and adopting more strident measures than the Taliban. Read an analysis by Mujib Mashal in "Afghan ISIS Branch Makes Inroads in Battle Against Taliban", The New York Times, October 13, 2015.

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