Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Situating the Emergence of the Islamic State of Khorasan

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CTC Sentinel, 19 March 2015

In another analysis of IS inroads in the AfPak region, Don Rassler from the Combating Terrorism Center at the US Military Academy at West Point quotes AAN’s Borhan Osman several times:

As noted by researcher Borhan Osman, the challenges ISK has faced in setting up shop in Afghanistan are best reflected by the fact that “so far no influential personalities, with an actual presence on the ground, have emerged in the east,” a presence which will be key to bridging the Afghan and Pakistani components of ISK’s network.[15]

That isn’t to say that there aren’t potential opportunities or that this will not change. One interesting note also raised by Borhan Osman is that: “According to an aide to [Abdul Rauf] Khadem, Mansur Dadullah, the brother of the fearsome Taleban commander Mullah Dadullah, had also pledged allegiance to Saeed Khan and had been in contact with the late Khadem. Mansur, who inherited his brother’s network after the killing of Dadullah in 2007, was dismissed by the Afghan Taleban’s leadership for his defiance soon after he succeeded his brother.”