How IS-K’s resurgence threatens the Taliban’s grip on power

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A series of recent attacks in Jalalabad and the killing of senior Taliban commander Hamdullah Mokhlis at a Kabul military hospital in early November indicate that the Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) is becoming increasingly active – presenting a serious challenge to the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan. Soon after the fall of Kabul, the Taliban declared that “war is over in Afghanistan”, and there will be no more violence. But with US troops gone and the Afghan National Army collapsed, the new rulers in Kabul are now faced with a violent enemy – the Islamic State-Khorasan – that uses the same propa…

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