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Islamic State courts like-minded Afghan jihadists

Thursday, June 6, 2019


Islamic State strengthens in Afghanistan.


As US-led Afghan peace talks proceed slowly and the Taliban battle Afghan troops around the country, reports that Islamic State (IS) is growing in strength further complicate the prospects for peace.


  • The Taliban determination to continue fighting diverts US and Afghan military resources from IS.
  • Russia will make practical preparations for the long-feared emergence of a direct IS threat to Central Asia.
  • Al-Qaida's already fading influence as global jihad leader will be further reduced if IS consolidates its position in Afghanistan.

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