In late September, General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated that the terrorist threat from Afghanistan is lower than it was on September 11, 2001, but that ISIS-K or al-Qaeda could regroup within a relatively short time frame.
“It’s not a real possibility in the not-too-distant future — 6, 12, 18, 24, 36 months, a time frame like that — for a reorganization of al Qaeda or ISIS,” Milley told lawmakers. “Terrorist organizations seek out uncontrolled places so that they can train and equip and thrive and so, there is clearly a possibility that going forward, this could happen here.”
The intelligence community’s estimates are based on no interference from the US or allies, Lieutenant General James Mingus, director of operations for the Army’s Joint Staff, told the hearing. “The goal will be to keep those time horizons where they are now, if not further,” Mingus said.
US in talks with Pakistan
The US currently uses Pakistan’s airspace to fly drones over Afghanistan. “We are in talks with Pakistan to keep the air line of communication open,” Kahal said.
The US is also considering other options for a US military presence closer to Afghanistan. “We continue to engage with neighboring countries and partners in the region to explore horizon capabilities and support opportunities,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said at a press briefing on Monday, “but I don’t have anything specific.” . Any front to read you today.”
Formed in 2015 as an offshoot of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, ISIS-Khorasan takes its name from the region that includes Afghanistan and Pakistan. The group has been responsible for thousands of deaths since its formation, often using suicide bombings to inflict mass casualties. According to UN data, ISIS-K carried out 77 attacks in the first four months of this year.
Anti-terrorism analysts estimate its strength now to be around 1,500-2,000, but that number could rise soon. Some captured ISIS-K fighters were being held in prisons near Kabul, which the Taliban evacuated as they took over the country and took control of the capital.
Already, ISIS-K has shown willingness and determination to launch attacks against civilians in Afghanistan. The suicide bombing that killed 13 American service members on August 26 also claimed the lives of more than 150 Afghans.
On 4 October, ISIS-K detonated another suicide bombing against a mosque in Kabul, targeting a Taliban funeral and killing civilians. Just days later, he launched another attack against a Shia mosque in northern Afghanistan, claiming once again that he had killed and wounded dozens.
The Taliban say they have conducted raids against ISIS-K in the Kabul area and elsewhere in Afghanistan, confiscating weapons and documents related to the terrorist group’s activities.
Kahl told lawmakers, “We’ve seen signs … that the Taliban caution Afghanistan from being a springboard for external attacks by al-Qaeda, not because the Taliban are good people, but because if it does, it’s going to happen.” They fear international reprisal.”
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