External AAN Publication: Daesh and Taleban in Afghanistan
Road to Achin, one of the districts with a Daesh presence. Photo: AAN (2015).
Oxford Analytica Daily Brief, 17 November 2015
Thomas Ruttig, “Afghan Taliban Contain Islamic States’ Regional Reach”
Reported clashes between Islamic State group’s (ISG) fighters and Afghan security forces, and the appearance of ISG-style black flags, have raised concerns about the ISG threat in Afghanistan. However, many of the alleged sightings of ISG fighters are vague and difficult to verify. Often they are attempts to draw attention to the dire general security situation in certain districts rather than reality. President Ashraf Ghani is attempting to capitalise on the ISG threat, by offering Afghanistan as a “regional hub in a transnational effort” against the group.
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