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How Islamic State (ISIS) Terrorist Group is gradually growing in Pakistan with Help of Local Militants?

Islamic State militants flaunt an armored vehicle seized from Iraqi security forces in the northern Iraq city of Mosul on June 23, 2014. VOA

November 26, 2016: Islamic State is fast losing its territory in Iraq, but it is gradually flourishing in Pakistan with the help of local groups of terrorists. Islamic State is using Uzbek militants, Taliban fighters, and other groups, according to AP report as they got to know to it from the police officers, analysts.

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Islamic State seems to be satisfied with their local allies who are operating under their own identities and is allowing IS to claim responsibility when it comes to high-profile attacks.
In the Southwestern Balochistan province, a deadly attack took place last month on a police academy and IS circulated a photograph of one of the attackers, it was then two Taliban officers informed The Associated Press that the attacker was an Uzbek, and is most likely a member of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

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Initially, the authorities thought the attack was performed by militants in Afghanistan, and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, the Pakistan’s anti-Shia group was blamed. Later, this became clear as IS claimed responsibility and also Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s spokesman Ali Bin Sufyan revealed that they partnered with IS and carried out the attack.

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A few weeks back an attack on a Sufi shrine in Southwestern Pakistan killed almost 50 people and wounded around 100. The group later said in a statement that the suicide bomber attacked to kill the Shiite Muslims and issued a picture of the attacker. A few sources claim that even this attack was allegedly carried out by IS.
Islamic State has been making an effort to spread in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

While they’ve already established a strong presence in Afghanistan, they are trying to do the same with Pakistan.

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Islamic State is trying to draw in disaffected Taliban fighters as well as use their substantial name. If IS gets close to both the LeJ and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, as these attacks suggest, they would quickly become a major player in Pakistan.

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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US Backtracks on Iraqi, Kurd Cease-fire Claim

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An Iraqi soldier removes a Kurdish flag from Altun Kupri on the outskirts of Irbil, Iraq. VOA

Iraq, October 27: The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State announced Friday morning a cease-fire between Iraqi forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga in Northern Iraq but quickly backtracked on the claim, saying it is not an “official” cease-fire.

Army spokesman Ryan Dillon posted a clarification on Twitter to say “both parties (are) talking with one another,” but that a “cease-fire” had not been reached.

The Iraqi military and the Kurdish minority have been clashing for several weeks after the Iraqi troops moved to secure areas in northern Iraq that had been seized from IS jihadists by Kurdish forces. The Kurdish forces abandoned the land largely without resistance, though low-level clashes have been reported.

Iraqi PM rejects Kurdish offer

The areas Iraqi forces are moving into were mostly under Baghdad’s control in 2014, when Islamic State militants swept into the region. Kurdish Peshmerga and coalition forces recaptured the lands, and the Kurdistan Region has since held them.

The Iraqi leadership said it is retaking the areas to establish federal authority after a Kurdish referendum for independence in September threatened the nation’s unity. More than 92 percent of Kurds in Iraq voted “yes” in a vote Baghdad called illegal, and the international community leaders said was dangerous and ill-timed.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday rejected an offer by Kurdish leaders to freeze the results of their independence referendum in favor of dialogue in order to avoid further conflict.

The Kurdistan Regional Government, in a statement, said the confrontations have hurt both sides and could lead to ongoing bloodshed and social unrest in Iraq.

“Certainly, continued fighting does not lead any side to victory, but it will drive the country towards disarray and chaos, affecting all aspects of life,” the KRG said.

‘Unified Iraq is the only way to go’

Abadi said in a statement his government will accept only the annulment of the referendum and respect for the constitution.

During a briefing Friday morning at the Pentagon, Joint Staff Director Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie Jr. told reporters the U.S. believes “a unified Iraq is the only way to go forward.”

He added, “We’re not helping anyone attack anyone else inside Iraq, either the Kurds or the Iraqis.”(VOA)