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Islamic State-Khorasan group remains ‘enduring threat’ to US interests in South and Central Asia, says Pentagon report

27 November 2019

The Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) militant group in Afghanistan remains “an enduring threat to US and allied interests in South and Central Asia”, the Lead Inspector General (Lead IG) at the Pentagon for the US Operation ‘Freedom’s Sentinel’ said in his latest quarterly report to the US Congress published on 20 November.

Glenn Fine, the principal deputy inspector general performing the duties of the Inspector General, said in the report, which covers the period from 1 July to 30 September, that while IS-K has not directed an attack against the US homeland, it regularly issues anti-Western propaganda to encourage sympathisers to conduct attacks abroad, and has emerged as a threat to US interests, “attracting disaffected fighters from other terrorist groups and the Taliban”.

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