Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 13 August 2015
In an article on the RFE/RL “Tracking Islamic State” page, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted with a cautioning statement:
But some analysts say IS does not pose much of a threat [in Afghanistan].
“IS inroads in Afghanistan are minimal so far” and limited to Nangarhar, said Thomas Ruttig of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, adding that it “remains a fringe group” in the country.
“IS’s chances to become a real factor are very limited, particularly as the Taliban mainstream seems to consolidate again after the recent crisis triggered by the report of Mullah Omar’s death,” Ruttig said.
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