General: ISIS in Afghanistan potentially an ‘enormous’ threat

The Hill


The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has the potential to be an “enormous” threat in Afghanistan, but its presence in the country has lessened over the past few months, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan said Thursday.

ISIS “really does present the potential to just be an enormous threat,” said Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland, chief of communications for the coalition, at a Pentagon briefing. “Obviously, we’ve all seen them, how rapidly they are able to spread, in other parts of the world.”

Between January and March, the United States has carried out 70 to 80 airstrikes against ISIS in Afghanistan, Cleveland said.


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