The Islamic State-Khorasan Is Weaker Than It Looks

Sikhs in Afghanistan inspect a suspected ISIS attack
Afghan Sikhs inspect a Sikh house of worship in the aftermath of an attack by an Islamic State gunman, in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 25, 2020 (AP photo by Rahmat Gul).

Ever since the August 2021 suicide bombings at Kabul’s international airport, the Islamic State-Khorasan has continued to make headlines with gruesome attacks in Afghanistan, in an effort to portray itself as resurgent. The reality is more complicated, and there is a real possibility that IS-K is actually in decline.

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