THE ISLAMIC STATE IN AFGHANISTAN AND REGIONAL SECURITY IN CENTRAL ASIA
Inomjon Bobokulov, D.Sc. (Law), Assistant Professor, UNESCO Department of International Law and Human Rights, University of World Economy and Diplomacy (Tashkent, Uzbekistan)
The author analyzes the prerequisites, driving forces, and geography of the expansion of the so-called Islamic State in the territory of Afghanistan and the possible impact of Wilayat Khorasan, one of the IS cells, on regional security in Central Asia.
Keywords: the Islamic State, al-Qa‘eda, Wilayat Khorasan, the Taliban, the Islamic State of Uzbekistan, regional security, Central Asia.
There is no doubt that Wilayat Khorasan, a cell of the Islamic State that appeared in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (IRA), has added tension to the country’s far from simple military and political context. In fact, the newcomer is equally dangerous for the government of national unity, as a test of its legitimacy and efficiency, and for the Taliban, the dominant armed opposition in the Afghan theater.
While the presence of this new player on the Afghan scene is a reality, its future, which depends on whether there is a social basis responsive to its propaganda and population groups ready to join its armed ranks and whether it will overcome the Taliban to snatch control of the territory in the Af-Pak region, remains vague. Varied and even contradictory expert assessments make it hard to………..