By The Washington Examiner. The Islamic State’s Afghanistan affiliate has gotten stronger over the last few years despite the aggressive efforts of the U.S.-led coalition in the country, a State Department official told the Washington Examiner.
“ISIS has grown stronger over the last couple of years, despite a really withering military campaign, principally from U.S. forces, but with strong support as well from Afghan forces,” the official said on condition of anonymity.
Senior lawmakers hesitated to state it so bluntly, but they acknowledge that ISIS in Afghanistan is a particularly tough nut to crack.
“Afghanistan has never been finished, that’s one of the problems, so there’s not a strong governance, particularly in the rural areas,” said Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, a senior Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee. “So we’ve always had that vulnerability. We’ve been very successful in the Syria aspects and the Iraq aspects of ISIS, but they find vulnerable areas.”
The war-torn country’s drug trade gives the ISIS offshoot critical funding as well. (Read more from “Startling News Was Just Announced About ISIS” HERE)
ISIS trained CHILD SOLDIERS to launch attacks on EU, claims French jihadist
By Express. Jonathan Geffroy, a French jihadist who was captured in Syria in early 2017 and handed over to French authorities last September, told France’s DGSI internal intelligence agency that ISIS had recruited children who had been born and raised in Syria to launch attacks on European soil, according to the French daily Le Monde.
Geffroy said in a note seen by Le Monde: “They recruited and trained orphans, and then you also have the wives of ISIS militants whose children have been indoctrinated with the group’s ideology and who have been taught to hate the US-led coalition and Europe.
“I know that future external operations will be carried out by children who grew up in the area and who, after adolescence, will be sent to the West, to Europe, to carry out suicide missions.”
He added sending child soldiers off once they become teenagers would make it practically impossible for counter-terrorism officials to use facial recognition technology to identify them.
The ex-ISIS militant, who is currently awaiting trial for “criminal conspiracy in connection with a terrorist enterprise,” said the child soldier plan was the brainchild of the Clain brothers. (Read more from “ISIS trained CHILD SOLDIERS to launch attacks on EU, claims French jihadist” HERE)