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.
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.
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.