June 11, 2019
ISIS has been using a wave of terror attacks in the Afghan capital of Kabul as ‘practice runs’ for even bigger attacks on Europe and the US, intelligence officials have revealed.
The Islamic extremist group is seen as a greater threat to Afghanistan than the Taliban despite this year losing its caliphate in Syria and Iraq.
The terrorists are expanding the group’s footprint across the northeastern mountains of the country as they recruit new fighters and plot attacks on the US and other Western countries, US and Afghan security officials said.
Two decades after the US-led invasion, the extremist group is seen as an even greater threat than the Taliban due to its increasingly sophisticated military capabilities and its strategy of targeting civilians.
Concerns run so deep that many have come to see the Taliban, which has also clashed with ISIS, as a potential partner in containing it.
A US intelligence official based in Afghanistan said on condition of anonymity: ‘This group is the most near-term threat to our homelands from Afghanistan.
This article was posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 5:20 am