Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Is Daesh really in Afghanistan?

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TRT World, 10 November 2016

The website of the Turkish state broadcaster’s English service extensively quotes AAN’s Borhan Osman on the role of ISKP:

Borhan Osman, a Kabul-based analyst at the Afghanistan Analyst Network, said there is no “hard evidence” to show operational links between the members in Afghanistan and Baghdadi’s group in the Middle East.

“The Daesh name became an easy cover for those dissatisfied with the Taliban, both in Afghanistan and Pakistan, to settle scores with their ex-comrades,” Osman said.

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“Some with long criminal records were driven to brand themselves as Daesh by criminal-economic motives,” Osman said.

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“The Pakistanis are in leadership positions,” Osman said.