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Islamic State – Khorasan Province

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Islamic State – Khorasan Province
الدولة الإسلامية – ولاية خراسان

Known leaders:

Dates of operation26 January 2015[2]–present
HeadquartersAchin District, Afghanistan (de facto, originally)
Active regions
Size4,000–6,000 (UN)[3]
Part of Islamic State[4]
OpponentsNon-state opponents

State opponents

Battles and warsOperation Khyber
War in Afghanistan (2001–2021)

ISIS-K is a branch of the Islamic State militant group active in Asia, mostly in Afghanistan. ISIS-K's goal is to overthrow governments in the Khorasan province and form a Islamic state under Islamic law. The group formed from a merger of 137 militant groups who then went to join the Al-Nusra Front and later returned back to the Khorasan area to spread Islam and do jihad in the area.[17]

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  17. Giustozzi, Antonio (August 2018). The Islamic State in Khorasan: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and The New Central Asian Jihad. United Kingdom: C. Hurst & Co. ISBN 9781849049641.