October 6, 2021

IntelBrief: Islamic State Khorasan Ramps Up Attacks against Taliban in Afghanistan

(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Bottom Line Up Front

  • With U.S. and allied troops withdrawn from the country and the Taliban now governing, ISK is waging a guerilla campaign against the Taliban.
  • ISK sees the Taliban as an existential threat and as such, will stop at nothing to undermine the legitimacy of their new government.
  • Another part of ISK’s strategy may be an attempt to lure Taliban fighters to break away from the organization and join the Islamic State’s ranks.
  • The Taliban was unquestionably an effective insurgent force, but now the group is facing a different role—that of counterinsurgent—and is struggling to prevent asymmetric and irregular attacks from ISK.