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Report: Islamic State ‘Increasing Footprints’ in Pakistan

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS) wing in South Asia is intensifying its presence in Pakistan, particularly in areas along the country’s border with war-ravaged Afghanistan, the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) think tank cautions in a new report.

Security personnel stand guard at the site of a suicide attack on the Supreme Court in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. A suicide bomber on Tuesday targeted the Supreme Court building in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing over a dozen people, officials said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Islamic State Claims Afghan Supreme Court Suicide Bombing

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) branch in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region has taken credit for a suicide bombing outside the Supreme Court in the Afghan capital of Kabul that left at least 20 people dead and dozens of others wounded, a testament to the jihadist group’s growing influence and the dangerous threat it presents.

This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 shows fighters from the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf petro-powerhouses encouraged a flow of cash to Sunni rebels in Syria for years. But now they face a worrying blowback as an al-Qaida breakaway group that benefited from some of the funding storms across a wide swath of Iraq. Gulf nations fear its extremism could be a threat to them as well. But the tangle of rivalries in the region is complex: Saudi Arabia and its allies firmly oppose any U.S. military action to stop the Islamic State’s advance in Iraq because they don’t want to boost its Shiite-led prime minister or his ally, Iran. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)

Islamic State Strengthening Presence in Afghanistan

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS) is expanding its terrorist activities and getting stronger in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region as it loses fighters and territory in the Middle East, reports Voice of America (VOA), citing Afghan officials and analysts.

Kashmir Muslim protesters hold a flag of Islamic State as they shout anti-India slogans during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, April 8, 2016. Police fired teargas and pellet guns to disperse Kashmiris who gathered after Friday afternoon prayers to protest against Indian control over a part of the disputed region of Kashmir. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

U.S. Embassy Warns Americans: Islamic State Active in India

The U.S. Embassy in the Indian capital of New Delhi issued a security message this week, urging Americans to “maintain a high level of vigilance” following media reports highlighting the Islamic State’s “desire to attack targets in India,” namely places that are visited regularly by Westerners.

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Afghan Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Killing U.S. Soldier

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) branch in Afghanistan, known as the Khorasan Province (IS-KP/ISIL-K), has claimed responsibility for planting the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that killed a U.S. service member, bringing the number of American military fatalities during the Afghan war to 2,241.

FILE -- In this March 9, 2016 file photo, smoke rises from a building, where Taliban insurgents hide during a fire fight with Afghan security forces, in Helmand province, south west Afghanistan. Kareem Atal, head of the provincial council, said Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, that troops are being deployed to a key southern city in Helmand province where fighting is raging with the Taliban to ensure it does not fall to the insurgents. Helmand is a strategically important province for both the Kabul government and the Taliban, whose insurgency is now in its 15th year. (AP Photo, File)

Top Leader: Afghanistan Is Fighting ‘The Devil’

Afghanistan is combating forces of the “devil and darkness” intent on destroying humanity, declared the country’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah as he called for increasing support to the U.S.-backed Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).


General: Afghan Islamic State Forced U.S. Troops to Abandon Weapons

U.S. troops fighting the Islamic State alongside their Afghan counterparts in eastern Afghanistan were forced to leave behind military equipment and weapons, along with the identification cards of a fellow soldier, when they came under fire last month, according to Gen. Charles Cleveland, an American military spokesman.

Border Security Force or BSF soldiers patrol an area where a 30-meter (98-foot) long tunnel was found in R.S. Pura sector at India-Pakistan border 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Jammu, India, Friday, March 4, 2016. The tunnel was allegedly dug from the Pakistani side to push arms and terrorists into Jammu city, said BSF Inspector Gen. Rakesh Sharma. (AP Photo/ Channi Anand)

India Accuses Pakistani Drug Smugglers of Trafficking Jihadists

Anti-narcotics and intelligence officials from India have accused “overlapping groups” of drug smugglers, criminals, and jihadists from neighboring Pakistan of trafficking “anti-India Muslim extremists, counterfeit currency and weapons” into their country, reports the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

U.S. Boosting Presence in Afghanistan to Combat Islamic State

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The top U.S. commander is employing a special authority recently granted by President Barack Obama to bring in additional troops into Afghanistan for an offensive against the Islamic State in their stronghold located in the eastern part of the country along the Afghan-Pakistan border.

Face-covered militants who they say are Talibans pose with an RPG in Zabul province, southern of Kabul, Afghanistan Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006. A Taliban commander said in a sit-down interview that insurgent fighters will battle "Christian" troops until they leave Afghanistan and a fundamentalist government is established in Kabul, warning that hundreds of militants are ready to launch suicide attacks to again install strict Islamic law. The regional-level commander, Mullah Nazir Ahmed Hamza, said the Taliban still has thousands of fighters despite heavy losses in recent battles, that support for the hardline movement is increasing every day and that U.S. and NATO forces would have a tough time beating the fighters without air support. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

U.S. Drone Strike Kills Top Leader Linked to Pakistani Taliban

A U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan targeting the region’s Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) branch in their stronghold of eastern Nangarhar province killed top Pakistani Taliban-linked jihadist Umar Khalifa on July 9 along with four other terrorists, according to the Pentagon and officials from Pakistan.

Taliban Jihadists Skin Man Alive After Ripping His Eyes Out

A 21-year-old Afghan was “skinned alive” by the Taliban, who also ripped out his eyes, in “retaliation” for the death of one of its former commanders allegedly at the hands of a distant relative of the victim, The Washington Post (WaPo) has learned from a local lawmaker.

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Pakistan: Islamic State Expanding Footprint, Recruitment

Nuclear-armed Pakistan is reportedly concerned about an increase in Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) recruitment at religious schools and universities within its borders and the jihadist group’s growing presence in and around the country despite a crackdown on Islamist organizations carried out by the Pakistani military.