Various government officials on the morning of Thursday, 26th August warned that a serious attack on Kabul airport is planned by a terrorist group. Just two hours later that morning, two explosions ripped the crowds waiting for an escape at Kabul airport. Nearly 72 Afghans with 13 American soldiers died on the spot. An affiliate of Islamic States (IS) in Afghanistan, IS-K claimed responsibility for the attack.
WHO ARE IS-K?
Islamic State (IS) operates with a number of small affiliated terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq. Referring to the historical region of Khorasan, IS operates in Afghanistan and southern parts of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan with the name of Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K), which is one of the nine major affiliates of IS across the globe.
HOW MANY MEMBERS DOES IS-K HAVE?
According to a report by the Human Rights group, IS-K at its height is numbered around 3,000 active fighters. However, IS-K has suffered a number of casualties in clashes with the USA, Afghan security forces, and the Taliban.
WHAT ATTACKS HAVE IS-K CARRIED OUT?
In recent years, IS-K has been blamed for targeting school girls, hospitals, and even maternity wards killing pregnant women and infants. Afghan security forces, Afghan politicians and ministries, the Taliban, religious minorities, including Shia Muslims and Sikhs, US and Nato forces, and international agencies, including aid organizations are constant targets of the organization.