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9/11 Redux: US Officials Now Claim Afghan ISIS as Latest ‘Threat to Attack the West’

Rather conveniently, the epic Global War on Terror narrative comes full circle for the Pentagon’s war planners. Just as domestic and international political pressure began building against the US-led indefinite occupation of Afghanistan, a likely arch-enemy manifests itself in Central Asia – ensuring the pretext for further intervention.

This latest installment of the long-running theatrical performance includes the familiar emotive bait, various obligatory ISIS ‘team photos’ sure to arouse excitement among the national security community, and mysteries abound as to how these international terrorist actors were able to travel so easily and accumulate so much funds and so many weapons. As usual, it all seems too much for western mainstream journalists to figure out.

Antiwar.com reports….

FAMILIAR SCRIPT: Sheikh Abu Omar Maqbool, former spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, pledges his allegiance to ISIS in January 2015 (Photo: Khurasan Media/Islamic State/Guardian)

US and Afghan officials are playing up the threat posed by the ISIS affiliate operating in Afghanistan, known as ISIS-K. They say the group is rapidly gaining international reach, and that a threat against the West is only a matter of time.

ISIS-K has been an enduring presence in parts of Afghanistan, particularly in Nangarhar Province. The group has been targeted by repeated offensives, and the Afghan government has falsely claimed the group had been wiped out several times.

With the main ISIS groups in Iraq and Syria fading into obscurity, and controlling less and less territory, a lot of focus is shifting to ISIS-K, who at least is alive and functioning. Both Russia and the US have warned over the past month that this group is getting substantially bigger.

US officials say that since the ISIS core mandate is external attacks, it is necessary that the ISIS-K group’s main goal is to attack Western targets as well, adding “it is very scary.”

So far ISIS-K has been very focused in attacking Afghanistan itself, and the immediate areas around the border. US intelligence officials say that they believe ISIS-K attacks in Kabul are just “practice runs” for bigger attacks in Europe and North America.

Though ISIS-K is clearly getting larger, Russia’s concern that the group might attack north across the border into the former Soviet states might be more likely than attacks so far from their base of operations.

For US officials averse to a peace deal with the Taliban, which necessarily requires a US pullout from Afghanistan, playing up the threat of ISIS-K is a chance to try to justify continued military intervention.

READ MORE AFGHANISTAN NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Afghanistan Files




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