A recent report submitted to the United Nations Security Council said that the IS central leadership replaced their top man in Afghanistan after a meeting earlier this year.
Mawlawi Zia ul-Haq, also known as Abu Omar al-Khorasani, led the IS Khorasan Province until April. He was then “dismissed and replaced by Mawlawi Abdullah, also known as Mawlawi Aslam Farooqi,” who “was previously in charge of operations in the Khyber Agency. ”
“The new leadership nomination was made during a visit by an ISIL core delegation, underscoring the direct relationship between ISIL-K and the ISIL core in Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic.”
“In 2019, ISIL-K suffered military setbacks and the intensity of its attacks lessened compared with previous periods. Attempts to penetrate Paktiya and Logar Provinces in south-eastern Afghanistan were unsuccessful. The group remains concentrated in Nangarhar and Kunar Provinces, with no organized or open presence outside eastern Afghanistan. On the basis of the assessment of one regional Member State, broadly borne out by other Member States, fighters associated with ISIL-K,
including foreign terrorist fighters, number between 2,500 and 4,000.”
“ISIL-K is reported by Member States to maintain a robust capability to derive income from the exploitation of local mineral, lumber and talc resources. The group also engages in extortion of the local population and kidnapping for ransom. There is
broad agreement among Member States that the group continues to eschew involvement in the narcotics business.”
FULL REPORT CAN BE READ HERE.