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Warning Update: The Expansion of ISIS in Northwestern Afghanistan | Institute for the Study of War

Warning Update: The Expansion of ISIS in Northwestern Afghanistan | Institute for the Study of War

ISIS Wilayat Khorasan may be developing a regional powerbase in northwestern Afghanistan. Former Taliban militants operating in the name of ISIS executed international aid workers and held others captive in a prison in Jowzjan Province in February 2017, a step change in ISIS’s operations in Afghanistan. ISIS may increasingly use this hub to regenerate manpower as it suffers losses elsewhere, threatening US and NATO interests in multiple regions across Afghanistan. Malign external actors like Russia and Iran could also use ISIS’s expansion in the region to validate their support of Taliban militants and undermine the U.S. and NATO.

Source: Warning Update: The Expansion of ISIS in Northwestern Afghanistan | Institute for the Study of War