Daniel Di Santo
State is growing more powerful in northeastern Afghanistan, according to
locally based American intelligence officials, Associated Press reported on
driven out of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State appears to be growing stronger
by absorbing new recruits into its strongholds located in Afghanistan’s
mountainous eastern provinces of Nangarhar and Kunar, on the border with
news is their acquisition of key terrain, height concealment, where they can
have easy access to money, weapons, equipment … and from where they can plan,
train, stage, facilitate and expedite attacks,” an American intelligence
official stationed in the area told AP.
State’s presence in Afghanistan has grown relatively unchecked since 2015, when
it absorbed thousands of recruits from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan,
along with smaller contingents from Chechnya, India, Bangladesh and various
Arab nations. Chinese Uighur Muslims also tend to join the Islamic State in
Afghanistan, likely because of its proximity to China and the relative ease of
travelling through the neighbouring countries.
Islamic State in Afghanistan looks for recruits to commit terror attacks
abroad, it does not look to its most experienced and battle-hardened veterans,
but to Afghani students. Recruiters are active at universities throughout the
country, where they are more likely to find people familiar with travelling
abroad and more competent with things like social media. These recruits are
used to plan and organize more complex and effective terrorist attacks on the
intelligence has already issued a warning about the capabilities of the Islamic
State in Afghanistan: If left unchecked, the terrorists will be able to carry
out large-scale attacks in the United States and Europe within the next year.
arrests have been made in the U.S. of terrorists with links to the group.
Martin Azizi-Yarand, a Texas resident who plotted to attack a mall in 2018,
claimed to be acting under inspiration from the Islamic State’s Afghanistan group.
In Europe, a Uzbek man with links to the group was arrested in 2017 for driving
a truck into a crowd. He justified his actions by saying, “This is my commander
in Afghanistan, and he is telling me what to do,” according to U.S. officials
interviewed by AP.
years ago, American soldiers were fighting the Taliban in the same mountains
that are currently held by Islamic State fighters. Today, America’s leadership
is considering a solution that involves negotiating with the lesser of two
evils, the Taliban, to combat what it views as a more dangerous and capable
group of jihadists.
has been in negotiations with the Taliban in recent months in an attempt to
make a deal in which the Taliban would help to combat the Islamic State in
exchange for an American withdrawal. Bringing the Taliban into the government
of Afghanistan is being discussed as a reasonable alternative for stopping the
Islamic State from using the country as a base for terrorist attacks around the
As with any
negotiations with terrorists, there are trade-offs. The prospect of a
U.S.-Taliban deal has already driven some of the more radical Taliban fighters
to switch allegiance and join the Islamic State. This has the potential to
undermine the effectiveness of America’s proposed alliance with the Taliban.
the U.S. may be ignoring a bigger problem with its proposed alliance. The
Islamic State, the Taliban, Uighurs, Chechens and all other Islamist terrorists
generally have one ideal in common: They hate the West. Their ultimate goal is
to undermine, wear down, and ultimately overthrow the world order promoted by
Western nations like the United States.
One of the
primary supporters and exporters of terrorism worldwide is Iran, especially its
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which U.S. President Donald Trump recently
designated as a foreign terrorist organization. Iran, through its proxies, is
more responsible than any other nation for spreading terrorism around the
world. It is a blatantly anti-Western regime possessing the Middle East’s
largest arsenal of ballistic missiles.
ideologically different from the Islamic State in many ways, both Iran and the
Islamic State wish to annihilate the West.
or not, the existence of a terror-sponsoring nation opposed to Europe and the
U.S. was predicted far before Iran became the champion of radical Islam in
1979. The Bible prophesied of Iran’s leadership of radical Islam, called “the
king of the south.” You can prove from the Scriptures that this refers to the
nation of Iran today. (Read our free booklet The King of the South by Trumpet
editor in chief Gerald Flurry.)
Ways to Identify the ‘King of the South’ of Bible Prophecy,” the Trumpet wrote,
“Iran has achieved its objective of becoming the most belligerent and
imperialistic nation in the Middle East.” Regarding Iran’s aggressive use of
proxy war and support for terrorism, we wrote, “Perhaps the best way to
characterize its foreign policy is pushy. And that is exactly how Daniel 11:40
describes the aggression of the king of the south. Iran has appointed itself
kingpin of radical Islamism, the mortal enemy of the West, and the head of the
The rise of
the Islamic State may seem disconnected from Iran because of the stark divide
between Sunni Islam and Shiite Islam. However, you need to be watching Iran.
Both sects are united by an extreme hatred for the West and the world order
that it has imposed. And Iran, with its pushy foreign policy and numerous
proxies, is the main catalyst soon to ignite a war against Europe—which the
Bible says it will lose, disastrously.
against the West and Europe in particular, will result in the strengthening of
Europe and its extremely powerful, but temporary, unification. In the short
term, all these events lead to war.
prophecy, however, is not only about war and destruction—it shows how all these
events are parts of God’s plan.
terrorist groups gain a greater hold on Afghanistan, and the U.S. attempts to
negotiate with those who hate it, these prophecies are building toward
fulfillment. To prove for yourself that Iran is the king of the south and that
radical Islam is on a deadly collision course with the West, request your free
copy of The King of the South, by Gerald Flurry.
Source: The Trumpet