What is the Islamic State threat in Afghanistan?

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The bombings, claimed by the regionally based Islamic State-Khorosan or IS-K, killed scores of people including 13 US soldiers, and were carried out despite multiple, site-specific intelligence warnings that such an attack was imminent.
The carnage from twin suicide bombings at Kabul airport will fuel fears that a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan could prove an increasingly powerful magnet for terror groups like Islamic State The military death toll amounted to the worst single-day loss for the Pentagon in Afghanistan since 2011.Terror strikes were the trigger for the 2001 US invasion of Afghanistan that toppled the last Taliban regime and, with the Taliban's return after 20 years of war, many observers are warning the country will once again become fertile ground for groups such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State.Months after the Islamic State declared a caliphate in Iraq and Syria in 2014, breakaway fighters from the Pakistani Taliban joined militants in Afghanistan to form a regional chapter, pledging allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.The group was formally acknowledged by the central Islamic State leadership the next year as it sunk roots in northeastern Afghanistan, particularly Kunar, Nangarhar and Nuristan provinces.It also managed to set up sleeper cells in other parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan, including Kabul, according to United Nations monitors.The latest estimates of its strength vary from several thousand active fighters to as low as 500, according to a UN Security Council report released last month."Khorasan" is a historical name for the region, taking in parts of what is today…
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