WASHINGTON: A top army general from the United States has claimed that almost 70% of the fighters of the Islamic State in Afghanistan are from the ranks of the Pakistani Taliban who have switched allegiance to the group led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. General John W. Nicholson , the commander of the US forces in Afghanistan said in a news briefing at the Pentagon that the IS formed its “Wilayah Khorasan” (a branch encompassing Afghanistan, Pakistan, and parts of India) in January last year and numerous reports have suggested that members of several Pakistan-based jihadi groups have defected to it. Nicholson estimated the current strength of the IS in Afghanistan at between 1,000 and 1,500. “So 70%, roughly, of those fighters are from the TTP (Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan) and many of them are Pakistani Pashtun from the Orakzai Agency,” Nicholson said, adding that many of the Pakistani Taliban fighters were “forced out of Pakistan by Pakistan military offensive operations. “In the case of the IS fighters in southern Nangarhar, we see that many of them come from the Orakzai Agency, which is south of Nangarhar…And they were former members of the TTP, complete with their leadership, who wholesale joined Islamic State,
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