The Rise of the Islamic State in Khorasan In 2014, Islamic State leaders communicated with militant groups in South Asia to gauge the possibility of expanding the Islamic State’s influence in the region.
The Islamic State began conducting an information campaign through word of mouth, printed material, and other forums.
Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan is perhaps the clearest example.
Both the Afghan government and Taliban had failed to control territory in parts of Nangarhar.
Third, the Islamic State took advantage of weak local governance to establish a foothold. This tension shows up in Afghanistan, one of the most important U. Yet despite their effort to expand power and influence in the region, the Islamic State-Khorasan Province, as Islamic State leaders refer to the affiliate, controls virtually no territory except for tiny areas in such districts as Deh Bala, Achin, and Naziyan in the eastern province of Nangarhar. perspective—al-Qaeda and the Islamic State are bitter rivals. Seth Jones of the RAND Corporation details how a surprising source contains the Islamic State there, “Khorasan,” a reference to the historical region that encompassed parts of Iran, Central Asia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.We are with you in your happiness and your sorrow …All Muslims in the world have great expectations of you.Previously, the CIA focused more on al-Qaeda and in assisting Afghan intelligence services, but the newspaper says the aggressive new turn fits in to President Trump's strategy of eventually bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table. Every minute, we have to be focused on crushing our enemies.” Trump himself had previously sounded a similar sentiment, declaring that “the killers need to know they have nowhere to hide, that no place is beyond the reach of American might and American arms." One particular target of the new units will be Taliban bombmakers.