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What is ISIS-K? – The group responsible for the Afghanistan bombing

An attack on a crowd gathered outside Kabul’s airport on Thursday left at least 72 people dead.

A group called ISIS-K claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing and gun assault.

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Who are ISIS-K?

The Islamic State Khorasan Province is the official affiliate of the Islamic State operating out of Afghanistan, and recognised by Islamic State leadership in Iraq and Syria.

ISIS-K was officially founded in January 2015, and has managed to gain terrotorial control of northern parts of Afghanistan, launching a lethal campaign across Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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In 2018, the group was recognised as one of the top four terrorist organisations in the world.

However, after suffering territorial defeats to US-led coalitions in 2019 and 2020, the group was seen by some as defeated.

As a result of Thursday’s attacks, ISIS-K will immediately attempt to replenish its ranks, and further attempt to revive its power and control.

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