'Contained' ISIS Attempting to Set Up Base in Afghanistan

Jalalabad, Afghanistan the next target...

Gen. John Campbell, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said that ISIS supporters in Afghanistan are trying to set up a base in Jalalabad, a city in the eastern part of the country.

Campbell told the Associated Press in an interview Tuesday that Afghans supporting ISIS want to set up a regional base in Jalalabad, the capital of the eastern province of Nangarhar, “as the base of the Khorasan province” and then “work their way up into Kunar ” northward.

According to Campbell, there are “indications” that “foreign fighters” from Iraq and Syria have joined ISIS supporters in Nangarhar, which is close to the Afghan border with Pakistan. He also said that supporters of the terrorist group in Afghanistan are trying to strengthen ties to ISIS leaders in Iraq and Syria.

“I’m sure there are folks who have come from Syria and Iraq–I couldn’t tell you how many but there are indications of some foreign fighters coming in there,” Campbell stated. “

According to Afghan officials, ISIS supporters maintain control of several districts in the province and are also present in some southern provinces.