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Top US general says IS in Afghanistan 'very worrisome'

13 Jun 2019 1TV News

2019-06-13 | 4 minute ago

A senior American general has said that the Islamic State in Afghanistan is 'very worrisome' threat to the United States and US counterterrorism efforts have yet to shrink its extremist ambitions.

General Kenneth McKenzie, who heads US Central Command, said that IS in Afghanistan “certainly has aspirations to attack the United States.”

He, however, suggested the group is unlikely to mount an attack on the US because it is under strong military pressure.

“It is our clear judgment that as long as we maintain pressure on them it will be hard for them to do that,” he said addressing reporters in Germany.

IS first appeared in Afghanistan at the beginning of 2015.

Earlier this week, the Associated Press citied US and Afghan officials as saying that the IS in Afghanistan is expanding its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the US and other Western countries.

McKenzie said he believes IS in Afghanistan has not expanded its capabilities but remains a big problem.

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