Thomas West, the special representative of the United States for Afghanistan affairs, stated that the biggest concern of the United States is the presence and activity of the Khorasan branch of Islamic State – Khorasan Province (IS-K) in Afghanistan.
West made these statements yesterday September 12 in a speech at the Stimson Center in Washington.
The US special representative for Afghanistan affairs considered the Taliban’s attacks against IS-K Khorasan fighters to be effective and stated that the capabilities of the IS-K group have decreased significantly.
He further added that at least eight leaders of the IS-K have been killed in Afghanistan.
“The United States is seriously concerned about the activities of IS-K Khorasan because this group clearly wants to carry out attacks outside of Afghanistan,” West added.
According to West, “Al-Qaeda’s threat from Afghanistan and Pakistan to the United States has fallen to its lowest level”.
He noted that the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is now the biggest threat to the region and that this group has greatly increased its attacks in Pakistan.
In this speech, the US special representative emphasized that “the United States is closely monitoring the situation in the region”.
This is despite the fact that the claims made about the widespread presence of IS-K in Afghanistan have always been denied by the Afghan Taliban. According to reports, 6,000 IS-K members are present in Afghanistan.