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ISIS Using Afghanistan As Terror Base: Leaked Pentagon Documents

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Afghanistan has become a significant coordination hub for the Islamic State as the terrorist organization plans attacks across Europe and Asia and engages in “aspirational plotting” against the U.S., a leaked Pentagon document revealed.

According to a classified Pentagon assessment that portrays the threat as a rising security concern, less than two years after President Biden withdrew U.S. personnel from Afghanistan, the country has developed into a significant coordination hub for the Islamic State as the terrorist organization plans attacks across Europe and Asia and engages in “aspirational plotting” against the United States, Washington Post reported.

The attack planning reveals specific efforts to target embassies, churches, business centres and the FIFI World Cup soccer tournament, which drew more than 2 million spectators last summer in Qatar. Such plots were coordinated by Daesh leaders in Afghanistan, which Pentagon officials were aware of on December 9, the Washington Post cited the leaked documents.

“ISIS has been developing a cost-effective model for external operations that relies on resources from outside Afghanistan, operatives in target countries, and extensive facilitation networks,” says the assessment, “The model will likely enable ISIS to overcome obstacles — such as competent security services — and reduce some plot timelines, minimizing disruption opportunities.”

The documents also describe Daesh’s response to several major global events, including consideration for deploying a suicide bomber to attack the World Cup Tournament in Qatar last year. 

The documents emphasize the growing threat posed by Daesh in Afghanistan. However, there is no mention of an al-Qaeda resurgence there which many counterterrorism experts had predicted would occur after the U.S. pullout. 

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Meanwhile, according to a recent report by CENTCOM, around 6,500 ISIS-K fighters in Afghanistan, 4,000 of them have been stationed across the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border.

In addition, the head of U.S. Central Command, Kurilla, said that Daesh in Afghanistan could attack American or Western interests outside the country in less than six months.

Meanwhile, the de facto authorities rejected the allegations and claimed they would not allow any groups to use Afghanistan’s soil against other nations.

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