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‘Sworn enemy’ of Taliban ISIS-K show a ‘growing risk of attack’ says Joe Biden

Islamic State Khorasan, or ISIS-K, is the Islamic State’s Central Asian province offshoot, formed in 2015, targeting parts of modern day Iran, Central Asia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan

The group was formed in 2015

The US President has warned of a ‘growing risk of attack’ by a terror group operating in Afghanistan, who are the ‘sworn enemy’ of the Taliban.

Islamic State Khorasan, or ISIS-K, is the Islamic State’s Central Asian province offshoot, formed in 2015.

The area they target encompasses parts of modern day Iran, Central Asia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

In a 2018 report they were said to have been responsible for nearly 100 attacks against civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as about 250 clashes with the US security forces since January 2017.

In a warning President Joe Biden said US and allied forces run the risk of attack by ISIS affiliates and straining a “tenuous” working relationship with the Taliban if they stay in Afghanistan longer.



They are said to be the ‘sworn enemy’ of the Taliban
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The president said there were “increasing risks” for US troops and their allies staying in Afghanistan beyond August 31.

He said: “There are real and significant challenges that we also have to take into consideration the longer we stay, starting with the acute and growing risk of attack by a terrorist group known as ISIS-K, an ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan, which is a sworn enemy of the Taliban as well.

“Every day we are on the ground is another day we know that ISIS-K is seeking to target the airport and attack both US and allied forces and innocent civilians.

“Additionally, thus far, the Taliban have been taking steps to work with us so we can get our people out, but as a tenuous situation – we have already had some gunfighting break out – we run a serious risk of it breaking down as time goes on.”

Senior sources have told the Mirror there is a “real risk now” of Islamic State assaulting the evacuation crowds with bombs and follow-up small arms fire.









Ministers in the UK have also raised concern about the security threat to troops involved in the evacuation effort.

On Thursday UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab did not deny that UK forces will soon be out of Kabul – possibly as soon as Friday.

The RAF still needs to airlift out of Kabul nearly 2,000 Afghan interpreters and other staff who worked for Britain as the evacuation operation enters its final days.

They have been assessed as eligible under the Afghan relocations and assistance policy and have passed security checks but remain on the ground.



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