India, Turkey, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka are among the countries where radical terror group Islamic State (IS) is eyeing to foot its influence as its hold in the territories of origin (Iran and Syria) is loosening drastically, Hindustan Times reported on Friday quoting a leading conflict monitor.
According to a US-based leading conflict monitor, Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED), the radical outfit, in its first, had carried out more activities outside West Asia than inside and also restructured its group, under the directions of its leader Abubakr al-Baghdadi.
data released by Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED), a US-based conflict monitoring and crisis mapping body, IS has this year regrouped and carried out more activity outside of West Asia than inside it for the first time,
“The IS greeted its loss of territory in Iraq and Syria in 2018 with an expanded global presence in 2019,” said the ACLED report titled Branching Out: Islamic State’s Continued Expansion.
“Through the first five months this year, the IS has placed unprecedented emphasis on its global operations… his first video in five years (after the Sri Lanka Easter bombings in April), Baghdadi focused largely on the group’s activity in South Asia, North, West and Central Asia.”
The report reflected that IS is active and proliferating in India, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, DR Congo, Burkina Faso, Mali and Libya.