A terrorist organization called the Islamic State Khorasan Province has claimed responsibility for Thursday’s deadly suicide bombing near the Kabul airport.
The group, widely recognized as ISIS-K, is made up of break-away commanders and fighters from various regional groups including the Afghan Taliban, the Pakistani Taliban and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, said Andrew Mines, research fellow at George Washington University’s program on extremism.
Founded in 2015, ISIS-K is one of the four deadliest terrorist organizations in the world.
As the official affiliate of the Islamic State Movement operating in Afghanistan, they have a growing rivalry with the Taliban.
ISIS-K’s goal is to prove that the Afghan Taliban are not able to deliver security, Mines told KCBS Radio.
"It’s the same thing that the group has done in Iraq and Syria which is to cause chaos and confusion and convince people that the existing government, whoever is in power, cannot deliver security to them and to create conditions of chaos that they then seek to fill," he explained.
As the group builds, Mines warned that chaos could likely be felt around the world.