ISIS Splits Khorasan Affiliate, Announces New Groups Based in India, Pakistan

New ISIS Pakistan group claims attack on Taliban in Quetta

One of the most important ISIS affiliates in recent months is ISIS-K, or ISIS Khorasan. The Group is based out of eastern Afghanistan, but is claimed as the ISIS affiliate for a vast amount of central and southern Asia. On Wednesday, ISIS issued a statement announcing it is being split.

ISIS is turning ISIS-K into three distinct territories. ISIS Khorasan will remain as a territory encompassing Afghanistan and theoretically part of Iran. ISIS Pakistan will be covering Pakistani territory, and ISIS India Province will be intended to cover India and Kashmir.

It’s not clear how powerful ISIS forces are in either of these new territories. ISIS Pakistan, however, has issued a statement claiming to have attacked Taliban forces in Quetta, the main city for the Taliban’s forces in Pakistan.

India is even more uncertain, though ISIS has in the past claimed attacks in Kashmir, and the group will almost certainly remain Kashmir-centric, given how important that region is for Islamist factions in the region.

Author: Jason Ditz

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