What Is ISIS-K? The Origin Story Of The Terror Group Sweeping Afghanistan

What Is ISIS-K? The Origin Story Of The Terror Group Sweeping Afghanistan


The terror group known as “ISIS-K” claimed responsibility for the terror attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan, which took place during the disastrous withdrawal of U.S. forces carried out by the Biden administration. The attack killed at least thirteen United States service members and over a hundred Afghans.

The group’s name, “ISIS-K,” specifies it as the “Khorasan” branch of the Islamic State in Afghanistan. Khorasan is a wider historical region and “a vast territory now lying in northeastern Iran, southern Turkmenistan, and northern Afghanistan,” per Britannica.  

Katherine Zimmerman, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told The Daily Wire the group was officially recognized in early 2015. The group started to form in the fall of 2014 and was comprised of disaffected members of the Pakistani Taliban in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region. The

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