Potential for al-Qaeda-Islamic State Cooperation in Afghanistan

Potential for al-Qaeda-Islamic State Cooperation in Afghanistan Publication: Terrorism Monitor By: Farhan Zahid The Jamestown Foundation Frequent speculation has recently been posited that Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda affiliates could eventually coalesce again, or at the least, begin cooperating at a more notable level than was seen at the height of the conflict in Syria.…

Islamic State Emboldened in Afghanistan

Islamic State Emboldened in Afghanistan Publication: Terrorism Monitor By: Farhan Zahid The Jamestown Foundation From its establishment in September 2014, Islamic State’s arm in Afghanistan, its Khorasan province entity (IS-K), found itself the target of attacks by Afghan Taliban forces and strikes by the U.S. military in conjunction with the Afghan security forces. The group…

Jaish al-Adl’s Reemergence Threatens Iran-Pakistan Relations

Jaish al-Adl’s Reemergence Threatens Iran-Pakistan Relations Publication: Terrorism Monitor By: Farhan Zahid The Jamestown Foundation Pakistan’s tense relations with its neighbor Iran were further impacted on April 27 when militants from Jaish al-Adl (JuA, Army of Justice), a Sunni group that allegedly operates from across the border in Pakistan, killed 10 Iranian border guards in…

Karachi’s Security Crackdown a Boost for Pakistan’s Islamists

Karachi’s Security Crackdown a Boost for Pakistan’s Islamists Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 14 Issue: 22 By: Farhan Zahid The Jamestown Foundation Political violence and gang wars in Karachi have remained a critical issue for the Pakistani authorities over the years. The situation even became an agenda item in the country’s National Action Plan on counter-terrorism,…

Pakistan’s LeJ Baluchistan Operations Ready for Resurgence

Pakistan’s LeJ Baluchistan Operations Ready for Resurgence Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 14 Issue: 15 By: Farhan Zahid The Jamestown Foundation Sectarian violence in Pakistan’s troubled Baluchistan province dropped dramatically with the death of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s (LeJ) leader Usman Saifullah Kurd in 2015. Attacks, however, have continued under the group’s new leader, Dawood Badini, and LeJ appears…