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Number of IS-K fighters in Afghanistan on the rise, states Pentagon report

21 May 2019

The number of Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) fighters operating in Afghanistan may have increased fivefold within a year, according to a 17 May report to the US Congress by the Lead Inspector General at the Pentagon for the United States' Operation 'Freedom's Sentinel'.

Glenn Fine, the Principal Deputy Inspector General performing the duties of the Inspector General, said in his quarterly report, which covers the period from 1 January to 31 March 2019, that while estimates of the militant group's size vary, IS-K (also referred to as ISIS-K) forces grew over the past year. "One year ago, USFOR-A [US Forces-Afghanistan] estimated that there were about 1,000 ISIS-K fighters in Afghanistan.

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