Just weeks after announcing the establishment of themselves in the region, ISIS’s Pakistan-based faction, dubbed ISIS Khorasan, has announced it will join a “unified military command” including top Sunni factions in the region.
Despite the Khorasan name (an historic term for the region), this faction has nothing to do with the group the US labeled “Khorasan” at the onset of the Syria War, which is really a US-invented term for al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra.
The new alliance will be led by representatives from the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Lashkar-e Islam, Jamaat-ul Ahrar, and ISIS Khorasan, potentially a significant collection of fighters.
Though ISIS officials say this is in keeping with their stated goal of united jihadists, it is far afield of their strategy in Syria, where they have often distanced themselves from other jihadist factions, and even fought against them in some instances. The new South Asia faction is clearly not as big as the Iraq-Syria one, and has to adapt its strategy.