The attacks in May 2020 in Kabul and Nangarhar, the former of which US intelligence has ascribed to Islamic State Khorasan (IS-K) and the latter of which was claimed by IS-K, demonstrate that the marked efforts of US and coalition forces to demolish IS-K have failed to completely extirpate the group. From a counterinsurgency perspective, many difficulties are posed by IS’s trademark decentralization of operational execution.
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Jack is a graduate from Indiana University with a B.A in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Central Eurasian Studies with a focus on the Arabic language. He also studied Turkish Language and Literature at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. His interest in counter terrorism and counter insurgency began when he researched the decentralisation and fragmentation of Al-Qaeda.
His research evolved to include Islamic State Khorasan Province in Afghanistan and Pakistan and separatist movements in Balochistan. He currently works in the Afghanistan Pakistan studies centre at the Middle East Institute as a research assistant.
Jack has Awarded FLAS Fellowship to participate in 2018 IU Summer Language Workshop in Turkish; Academic Year 2019-2020, FLAS Fellowship by the Centre for the Study of the Middle East for Arabic Studies; and also awarded FLAS Fellowship to participate in 2020 Summer Language Workshop in Pashto.