Top US commander says IS actively recruiting in Afghanistan

KABUL – The commander of international forces in Afghanistan said Saturday the Islamic State group is actively recruiting in Afghanistan but is not yet operational there.

General John F. Campbell said the group’s sophisticated social media campaign is attracting Taliban fighters in Afghanistan and Pakistan who are disgruntled with the lack of progress in more than 10 years of fighting to overthrow the Kabul government. He said many are pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group, which controls about a third of Syria and Iraq. “It is absolutely a concern” Campbell said, though his statement contradicts some Afghan officials who have said the group is fighting in a number of regions in Afghanistan.



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