Global Terror: ISKP’s Ambitions and Reach Beyond Afghanistan

The Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan is engaged in a global conflict

The Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), a radical offshoot of the group that established a “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria, has been criticizing the Taliban regime in Afghanistan for its restrictions on female education. ISKP considers the Taliban to be too moderate and not radical enough. The group’s propagandists have criticized the Taliban for interacting with non-Islamic diplomats and accepting aid from unbelievers.

Despite existing in Afghanistan for nine years, ISKP’s global ambitions became clear on March 22nd when gunmen attacked a concert in Moscow, killing 139 people. Suspects from Tajikistan were later arrested by Russia, and ISKP has been blamed by American officials for the attack. The group has also carried out attacks beyond Afghanistan, targeting countries like Turkey and Iran. ISKP has enemies like America and China and has been recruiting individuals from Central Asian countries.

Russia is also a target of ISKP due to its presence in Kabul and relationship with the Taliban. The group also targets countries supplying aid to Syria, where its parent organization was dismantled by Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Despite limited information about its leader, ISKP is now under global scrutiny as it continues to carry out attacks on innocent people across different countries.

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