first published on August 14, 2018 by Sean
The ISIS presence in Afghanistan lingers amidst renewed pressure from the Afghan National Army (ANA) and supporting US/NATO Allies. However, this fledging emirate of the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISIS-K) days may be numbered as its enemies which include the Taliban, gain momentum against them.
A recently released ISIS-K propaganda video has emerged inadvertently highlighting the terrorist groups shrinking influence in central Asia. After repeated coalition operations and airstrikes have weakened their combat effectiveness over the past year – including the loss of their self-proclaimed capital in Nangarhar in July – even the Taliban has decided to rid war-torn Afghanistan of their particular breed of extremism and has been fighting against ISIS-K regularly. The propaganda video below no doubt attempts to hide this reality from its supporters, but the unidentified adversaries in the short clip do not appear to be Afghan security forces. Possible Taliban or another tribal militia, it seems ISIS-K is at odds with just about everyone in Afghanistan at this point.