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Islamic State in Afghanistan

Is the Taliban’s Campaign Against the Islamic State Working?
February 10, 2022

Is the Taliban’s Campaign Against the Islamic State Working?

By Franz J. Marty
The Taliban claim to have defeated the self-declared Islamic State’s Afghan chapter, but exclusive information obtained by The Diplomat indicates that its success is not what it seems.

Why Is the Islamic State in Afghanistan’s Propaganda Targeting China?
October 26, 2021

Why Is the Islamic State in Afghanistan’s Propaganda Targeting China?

By Nodirbek Soliev
The Kunduz mosque bombing marked a potential shift in ISK’s stance toward China.
Can the Taliban Suppress the Potent Islamic State Threat?
October 12, 2021

Can the Taliban Suppress the Potent Islamic State Threat?

By Samya Kullab
In the past, Islamic State attacks in Afghanistan targeted the government and its Western allies. Now it's the Taliban, without allies, in control of the state.

Taliban Official: At Least 100 Casualties in Afghan Blast
October 08, 2021

Taliban Official: At Least 100 Casualties in Afghan Blast

By Samya Kullab and Tameem Akhgar
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast at a mosque packed with Shiites in Kunduz but the Islamic State has long targeted the community.

Islamic State Emerges From the Shadows as US Withdraws From Afghanistan
August 30, 2021

Islamic State Emerges From the Shadows as US Withdraws From Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
ISK, or ISIS-K, is not a new actor in Afghanistan. It has long been one of the most brutal. 

Could the Islamic State – Khorasan Province Be the Next Chapter of Global Terrorism?
September 24, 2020

Could the Islamic State – Khorasan Province Be the Next Chapter of Global Terrorism?

By Arian Sharifi
Peace between the Afghan government and the Taliban is not a silver bullet for peace in the region. ISKP poses a significant threat.

Islamic State Sees a Bloody Opportunity in the US-Taliban Deal
August 04, 2020

Islamic State Sees a Bloody Opportunity in the US-Taliban Deal

By Ahmad Shah Katawazai
With the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement, ISKP stands ready to inherit the role of violent spoiler.
29 Dead in Islamic State Attack on Afghan Prison
August 04, 2020

29 Dead in Islamic State Attack on Afghan Prison

By Associated Press
Afghan forces retook the prison in Jalalabad 24 hours after the initial attack.

The Islamic State Remains Alive in Afghanistan
April 27, 2020

The Islamic State Remains Alive in Afghanistan

By Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska
In early April, Afghan forces captured the latest head of ISKP -- but will it matter?

The Islamic State’s Increasing Focus on India
March 30, 2020

The Islamic State’s Increasing Focus on India

By Saurav Sarkar
Amid religious polarization in India, Islamic State is renewing efforts to expand its presence in the country.

Afghan Officials Say 25 Killed in Kabul Attack on Sikhs
March 25, 2020

Afghan Officials Say 25 Killed in Kabul Attack on Sikhs

By Associated Press
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Afghan Officials: Gunmen Kill 32 at Largely Shiite Gathering in Kabul
March 07, 2020

Afghan Officials: Gunmen Kill 32 at Largely Shiite Gathering in Kabul

By Associated Press
The attack, claimed by Islamic State, was a stark reminder that the U.S.-Taliban peace deal did not mean an end to violence.

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