ISIL in Afghanistan: how big a threat is it?
The National (UAE), 15 April 2017
Article on the strength of Daesh in Afghanistan appears to lean heavily on AAN’s dispatch from July 2016 on the origins of the group in Afghanistan. It also quotes AAN’s Borhan Osman:
According to Borhan Osman, a researcher with the Afghan Analysts Network, who has written extensively on the group, residents of the Momand valley, where many of the Pakistani fighters settled, believed the ISK was a pro-government force that attacked the Taliban and even publicly praised Afghan security forces. The group also opened madrasas and schools for children, which became indoctrination and military training camps.Â
But by the summer of 2015, the Afghan security forces had turned against the group. However their operations against them have made uneven progress until more recently when the US stepped up assistance.