Top U.S. General: Islamic State’s Afghanistan Branch Growing, Seeks to Attack U.S.
A new Pentagon report and Rep. Robert Pittenger, chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, echoed Campbell’s warning that ISIS is proliferating in Afghanistan.
The alarm bells are ringing less than a year after ISIS announced the establishment of its Khorasan province in January. Khorasan is a historic name for a region that covers large areas of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, parts of India, and other surrounding countries.
“They don’t have the capability right now to attack Europe, or attack the homeland, the United States, but that’s what they want to do, they’ve said that’s what they want to do,” acknowledged Campbell, referring to ISIS loyalists in Afghanistan, in an interview with the Associated Press (AP).
A new Department of Defense (DOD) report asserts that the Islamic State (IS) branch in Afghanistan—Khorasan Province (IS-KP)—has become “more operationally active” there by conquering territory and openly engaging in turf battles with the Taliban.