This post is for all those haters out there that must hate or die……
Recently an attack in North Central Afghanistan has be said to be an Afghan group loyal to ISIS………this is where I have my doubts…….I do not see the Taleban accepting the rivalry from ISIS…..they allowed al-Qaeda to operate for years withing their borders but AQ was of no threat to the rule of the Taleban…..however ISIS will challenge them for the control of the country and region……not something that I feel the Taleban or ISIS is willing to take on at this time…….
Observation by World Affairs Journal……
The Afghanistan-Pakistan region is a natural target for Islamic State expansion not only because the region has limited government and military, but also because of its history as home to mujahedin movements. Indeed, the very name Khorasan is a reference to the historical name of the region, one some associate with a hadith of the Koran heralding an Islamic caliphate. In January, ISK was formally made part of the Islamic State movement, with a former Pakistani Taliban senior leader, Hafiz Khan Saeed, named as its head. The bulk of ISK is thought to be in Pakistan, but the group is trying to make inroads into Afghanistan.
There is no reason to be alarmist about the strength of ISK at this point, and the United States is already doing a great deal to support the Afghan government to manage its security. But the tendency of the international community is to view threats through a security-focused lens, and in this case it may be too narrow. Afghanistan’s balance remains supremely delicate, and the international community must learn to view ISK not simply as a terrorist threat, but as a political spoiler.
The article in its entirety can be read here……..
Helping make the case for US audiences is the president of Afghanistan…….
President Ashraf Ghani has repeatedly raised fears that IS — notorious for their brutal reign of terror in Syria and Iraq — are making steady inroads into Afghanistan, which is already in the grip of a fierce Taliban insurgency.
IS fighters are “supporting the Taliban, training the Taliban, trying to build the capacity of the Taliban for a bigger fight”, provincial governor Mohammed Omar Safi told the BBC.
Recently the Taleban has started its Spring offensive, where it attacks government forces all over the country…..is it possible that the fighting is more the Taleban and the use of ISIS is an Afghan plan to gain more support out of Washington?
While the post disagrees with my assessment of the situation….I will keep an eye on the situation. But I will not step back from my assessment……I do not think that ISIS has a snowball’s chance….at this time……..however it also is contingent on the amount of forces left behind by the Western countries to do the heavy lifting and the mere hint of an ISIS in-road will keep forces there and on alert……
The question I ask is whether the US will repeat the mistake of the past and allow this scenario to play out as it did in the 1980’s and 1990’s…….(if confused look it up……you really should more attention to history and maybe you would not so surprised when it happens….just a thought).