The United Nations special envoy for Afghanistan warned this week that the Islamic State’s local faction now had significant representation in every province of the country, three months after the Taliban jihadist group took control over the country and a week after the Taliban insisted ISIS was not a problem.
The Islamic State’s subsidiary in Afghanistan is known as the ISIS Khorasan Province (ISIS-K). Its numbers are believed to have grown significantly following the collapse of the ISIS “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2017. The group grew into a significant nuisance for the Taliban during the last days of the Afghan War, as ISIS jihadists attempted to overrun Taliban territory and take over key assets like opium-cultivating poppy fields. The two groups are both,